To quote the movie Apollo 13, 'Houston, we have a problem.'
The Houston Rockets are currently sitting on a 0-3 record, and are looking far away from a side that could be a favorite to win the NBA Championship this season.
Their most recent disappointment came last night when they lost by 109-89 against the Miami Heat after being 21 points ahead. The Heat outscored the Rockets by 41 points in the last 23 minutes of that game.
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In fact, all three losses for Houston this season have been by 20 points or more, which is not good for the aspirations the team has this season.
Although it might be a bit too early in the season to hit the panic button, because everyone at some point may have a three-game losing streak, this trend will continue if something isn't changed, mainly the inconsistency of their defense.
According to NBC Sports: "ESPN Stats noted no NBA team ever had started the season with three losses of 20 points or more - until the Rockets just did it. And it all starts with James Harden being in a horrific shooting slump to start the season, hitting just 22 percent of his looks."
As mentioned already, Harden has made just 12 of 54 field-goal attempts and is 3-of-32 from 3-point range. This needs to change because it isn't exactly the standard that screams an MVP runner-up standard of play.
Harden said according to ESPN: "I'm just shooting my shots that I normally shoot. I'm not really trying to think about it too much. As good of a shooter as I am, I'm still going to have struggles throughout the season. This is the first couple games, so it's tough. But just stay with it."
With 79 games left in the season, it's nothing the Rockets should be overly concerned about, but they must make sure they change to winning ways soon.