The Rockets fall again to the Grizzlies for the second time in less than a week. Over the past week, the theme of all the Rockets losses have been, they have played better but just not played good enough.
The Rockets have yet find the same groove that the team had last year. In the previous season, the team went on an amazing run that not only secured the second seed in the postseason but found them in the Western Conference Finals.
The theme of the offseason was the Rockets just needed one more ball handler and the team would go from good to elite. They got that ball handler in Ty Lawson. Through 15 games, Lawson has gone from ineffective to nonexistent in the Rockets rotation.
On Wednesday night the Rockets started: Jason Terry, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones, and Dwight Howard.
The same exact unit that had tremendous success for the Rockets in the playoffs. In 2015 this unit, as well as most of the other units the Rockets have run out, just have not worked at all.
"It’s not the same group," Terry said when asked if he was confused by the teams struggle because they are pretty much the same team, "We gotta quit saying that, this is not the same group. I'm gonna just leave it at that."
"It's not. Whoever told you that is kidding themselves."
While Terry might disagree, the Rockets at least on the surface are essentially the same team from last year. The only key players missing from last year's run are Josh Smith and Pablo Prigioni.
Yes, Josh Smith was a massive part of that team. The Rockets do miss him, but does the team miss him this bad?
Terry's comment of "not the same group," is pretty interesting. Was it a message to the team? Was he calling out someone? Or, is this group really not the same?