Houston Rockets: Three reasons why they’ve reached a turning point

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 20: Chris Paul #3 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 20: Chris Paul #3 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Reason #2: A character trait that hasn’t led the team astray

What’s the character trait?  It’s optimism and there’s still plenty of it in the locker room, which is a great thing.

It’s also great to see Jeff Bzdelik back. He wasn’t there at the start of the season and their lackluster defensive prowess demonstrated that they needed him. Now that he’s back, hopefully the defense will at least return to half of what it was last year. We can also sit back and pray for the return of Ariza.

Carmelo Anthony had to go for some unknown reason and since his on-court performance wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t all that great.  There must’ve been another reason he left. He might’ve been frustrated over his bench role but he’s gone and now there’s less of a chance that the media (including myself) attacks on the entire team because of his presence and lead the team to locker room issues.

I say there’s still optimism within this team mainly because there haven’t been any reports of disarray in the locker room. I haven’t heard anything about a division and it makes me comfortable to know that Chris Paul had re-iterated that he isn’t concerned about the slow start.

You’re probably wondering why in the hell I’m so focused on the emotional state of the team?  You’re probably not looking for a friendship story, so you want to know why you should remain confident in a team with a losing record more than a quarter through the season.

Well, let me start on the whole thought of “why we should not give up on this team” rather than the “why I should be CONFIDENT in this team” notion.

The Houston Texans started out 0-3. Things were looking quite bleak for 2018 and I wanted Bill O’Brien fired.  And yes, don’t worry, I understand I’m talking about the Texans in a Houston Rockets piece. All of a sudden the Texans go 9-1 and are one win away from O’Brien’s best season as a head coach for the Houston Texans. What caused such a dramatic change might you ask?

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Answer is that there was no change at all. There was simply this:

Here’s a visual depiction of my belief. (Click Here)

J.J. Watt said it himself. Their confidence remained at an all-time high and it’s because of the belief that they could go out and beat anybody, regardless of the competition.

There’s still plenty of time for the Houston Rockets folks. It’s important that they stick together and keep moving.  Eventually they will get some confidence and some wins. But, of course, it needs to happen as soon as possible.

Now it’s time to move on as to why we should feel CONFIDENT in a possible turning point of the season.