After Houston’s 112-105 home loss to the Blazers Wednesday night, the words contained in the Houston Rockets’ powerful 2014 playoffs introduction video seem more appropriate than ever:
We have faith in you.
Are you only the legend or are you the truth?
Tell me… who are you?
This is no doubt being asked about James Harden and the Rockets right now after back-to-back duds from Houston’s superstar guard (a combined 14-47 from the field) were a major contributing factor to the consecutive home losses to the Blazers, leaving Houston fans to question their faith.
Furthermore, Harden didn’t quite take responsibility for his poor play in a post-game media session, opting instead to point a finger at team defense, and even got into an argument with a reporter who asked about his shooting struggles.
If you were shocked after Game 1, you should be angry after Game 2. Winning the series is not impossible, but it’s a daunting task that lays before them. How the Rockets respond from this adversity will tell us a lot about them.
MoiseKapenda Bower (“MK”) of CultureMap Houston joins me again at the Toyota Center to try to make sense of Houston’s early playoff debacle and the massive 0-2 hole they find themselves in heading to Portland.