Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. After holding positive or an even 50 the vast majority of the season despite some epic losing by the Houston Rockets, fan confidence has finally plummeted.
After last night’s loss to the Boston Celtics, the Rockets have now lost 16 games in a row, or one away from tying the franchise record of 17 losses in a row currently held by the 1968 squad when the team was still in San Diego.
During the losing streak, a lot of fans, including myself, were staying pretty positive by realizing this is a rebuilding year and keeping faith in Rafael Stone as a GM in that he was going to get this thing on the right track. But despite some bright spots like Kevin Porter Jr. and KJ Martin, the team continues to struggle with injuries to Christian Wood, John Wall, Eric Gordon, Danuel House, and Victor Oladipo, which results in inconsistency on the court (or tanking if you want the real pessimistic view).
With the team approaching the franchise record for futility, there’s no surprise that many fans are feeling pretty low. Here’s your season graph.
Ultimately, I still do have faith that this thing gets turned around in the big picture, but there’s no doubting the short-term pain we’ve all been experiencing as Rockets fans, which is a new feeling for most of us. I’ve been watching since 1985, so I’ve seen my fair share of goods seasons and of bad. But this has been a lot of losing.
But keep the faith, Rockets fans. Wood, Porter, and Martin have a bright future.
In addition, we had a national question this week, asking our voters who they thought would win the NBA title. Here are those results:
I’m pulling for the Brooklyn Nets because James Harden, but I have to think the Los Angeles Lakers are still the favorite, especially if Anthony Davis comes back totally healthy.
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