By the time the Rockets dragged themselves off the floor at halftime Saturday night, Kevin McHale had grown so fed up — or desperate — he might have been tempted to bench everyone in sight. He came close.
He benched Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson. He watched the Rockets go from bad to spectacularly worse, and so far away from ending their losing streak.
As the Rockets crashed to the worst of their seven consecutive losses, falling 92-79 to a smattering of Timberwolves and players picked up hours earlier just to reach the NBA minimum of healthy, available bodies, McHale quickly ran out of players to bench.
Playing a Timberwolves team with a five-game losing streak with half its roster tied behind its back by injuries and illness, the Rockets were blown out on their way back to .500.
"We're not playing well at all," Parsons said. "We're not playing good offense. We're not playing good defense. We're not playing hard enough. I don't feel like we're leaving it all out there. Now we've lost seven in a row, we can't get this attitude that everything is OK. We can't get complacent in losing."
The Rockets matched their fewest points in a game this season and shot worse (making 32.1 percent) than they have in any game. Yet, their scoring was not their greatest problem, or even close.
Rockets lacking energy on defense during skid
Houston Chronicle | Jan 20