Rockets misfire, again

John Cañamar, Sports Editor

Houston Rockets Trevor Ariza (1) and Corey Brewer (33) head back onto the court after a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors.

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Houston Rockets Trevor Ariza (1) and Corey Brewer (33) head back onto the court after a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors.

Game 2, same as the first, should have got better. However, they looked much worse.

The Golden State Warriors came into Toyota Center and showed that the Western Conference Series was not a fluke, beating the Rockets 112–92.

The fans showered James Harden with chants of “MVP! MVP!” but Stephen Curry let his play do his chanting, outscoring Harden 25-16 in victory.

Curry said after the game, “The best players in this league learn every year how to get a little bit better, a little bit more efficient, I’m just trying to follow suit.”

Harden had a second straight game of bad shooting only making 4 of 18 attempts including 1 of 10 from behind the 3-point arch.

Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) loses the ball as Golden State Warriors' Marreese Speights (5) looks on in the second half.

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Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard (12) loses the ball as Golden State Warriors’ Marreese Speights (5) looks on in the second half.

Dwight Howard did not fare much better in his season debut, scoring only nine points and pulling down seven rebounds.

The Rockets as a whole commit 16 turnovers, while the Warriors only had seven.

The benches for both teams were efficient, with the edge going to the Rockets, who scored 41 points on 51.7 percent shooting.

In the first two games, the Rockets have been beaten by 20 points in disappointing losses. Where fans can lose faith in strategies, coaches and players have to buy in wholehearted and carry out a plan.

Is it t0o early in the season to change directions or is two games enough to abandon ship?

For Rockets fans, there is hope that the team can work out the details before game 3 in Miami.