Red Nation Hibernation: Houston Rockets Needs This Offseason

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May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) last second shot in the second half in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center.Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Red Nation, we are currently in the NBA’s Conference Finals. Also, I have noticed on Twitter durong the last Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs the residual anger from our Houston Rockets’ loss in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers.

“It should be Rockets/Thunder right now.”

“The Rockets should still be playing right now.”

“The Rockets’ season was a bust this year,” I also read.

I know. I echo this sentiment. But look at it this way: The Blazers were looked at like pushovers, a weaker team… until we actually played them. Yes, they out hustled us. Yes, they out coached us. Yes, they actually played like a team, while the Rockets played a little too nonchalantly. But the thing was: They were both evenly matched.

The Blazers had arguably one of the best power forwards in LaMarcus Aldridge. The Rockets offset that with… well… Superman. Oh, and that other guy with the beard… James Harden. Hell, if you add up all the points in the series, the Rockets still scored more. The Rockets just lost a toss-up series via a lucky buzzer beater by a budding star point guard (In which the media force feeds us) named Damian Lillard. By the way, Chandler Parsons, what’s defense? I mean, you look good and all but dude… that buzzer beater, bro.

As for the Spurs: I will say this and this only. If the Rockets would have beaten the Blazers in Houston in a game 7 in Toyota Center, in my opinion, we would’ve lost to the Spurs in the second round. We definitely would’ve put up a better fight than supposed “Rip City” did. The Portland “Hey, we’re happy just to be in the second round! YAY!” Trailblazers. Yes, the Rockets swept the Spurs in the regular season. However, the playoffs are a whole different animal, as we’ve seen with our Rockets, sadly. Haters will hate. Spurs will Spur. Have you seen TIAGO SPLITTER?! He’s not a laughingstock anymore!  That is all.

Now, it is the offseason for Red Nation. I am now going to go through some things they need to become a Western Conference Powerhouse.

Click “next” to see the biggest four Rockets needs.

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