The Rockets have played seven times more road games than home games this season.
SEVEN TIMES MORE ROAD GAMES THAN HOME GAMES!
Wow! The Rockets are just the 2nd team in either the NBA/NHL in the last 60 years to begin a season with 7 of their 1st 8 games on the road— Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) November 10, 2016
Rockets fans are used to getting the finger from NBA schedule makers, but this season might be the worst: first seven of eight on the road, three total five-game road trips, and both games in Denver being on back-to-backs is the NBA spotting the Rockets about a dozen losses.
If you were like me, you looked at the schedule and were just hoping the Rockets were keeping their heads above water after the first 8 games. After last season's disastrous start led to an overall disastrous season, I feared that the team might go 2-6 and give up. I still don't know if this team has the fortitude to overcome a really bad stretch, but then again the game I was sure Houston would win (Lakers) and the game I was sure they would lose (Spurs) went the opposite direction. That tells you how much I know. And it reiterates that they don't play the games on paper.
Anyway, the Rockets tonight have a chance to go to 4-0 in the Southwest Division with road wins over the Spurs and Mavs. We've talked about how tiebreakers aren't important in the grand sense, but that in the division they're vital. Sure, the Rockets aren't likely to be tied with the Spurs at the end of the year, but you have to hold serve at home and try to steal a few on the road. That's the way of the NBA when you aren't a juggernaut.
As always, Tony must dominate Fisher.
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