The Houston Rockets fell to a game below .500 and out of the playoff picture after a devastating loss to the Portland Trailblazers, 116-103. Following the loss Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff called this "a broken team."
ESPN's Calvin Watkins dropped hot takes from the Rockets locker room after the game.
JBB said his team is broken. Change needs to happen. Morey said being over the luxury tax won't affect the team from making a trade.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) February 11, 2016
Dwight Howard: "I’m not going to talk about what’s broken, it’s all we do is we talk about the issues that we have."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) February 11, 2016
Yes I was told this occurred after the game. https://t.co/89wQeUUIYE— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) February 11, 2016
Less than a year after reaching the height of the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets are an abject disaster. It's pale in comparison to Markieff Morris choking Archie Goodwin on the bench, but it may be the end of the road for a Houston team the coach is declaring "broken."
The NBA trade deadline is February 18th and Bickerstaff's comments could be interpreted as "we are sellers." Houston continues to drop games it should win and fail to compete in games they can show promise.
This season continues as a distressing exercise for players, the front office and fans. The comments from Bickerstaff and the team paint a morose picture for the immediate future.