News – UK – Shorthanded Rockets fall to Wizards, Skid hits six games


John Wall hit a team high of 29 on his return to Washington on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to crack the missiles ‘Bad luck

Despite all the manner in which the missiles were undetectable with half their rotation, what was left of them provided a good facsimile of the recent fighting

Anything that had gone wrong during the losing streak would worsen if most of the potential solutions weren’t available, none of this was new

The missiles couldn’t fire 3s. They couldn’t slow another team at the other end. You turned the ball and fired the second shots

As much as John Wall tried to wear them on his return to Washington, the Rockets saw the losing streak hit six games as the Wizards scored far too easily for what was left of the Rockets Could keep up and fell between 131 and 119 Monday

The missiles had reached the point where they would have been about to put their remaining starters and were back at 6pm with five minutes to go.They did a run to keep the game within range and closed within 10 minutes with 3½ minutes

After a Moe Wagner 3-pointer interrupted the rocket run, Jae’Sean Tate finished a run and then judged Danuel House Jr on the sidelines for a three point game to get the missiles within eight But they hadn’t gotten stops the whole game and still couldn’t

Russell Westbrook, who had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, dumped a foul-line jumper The missiles missed two more 3-pointers A Rui Hachimura layup ended any remaining doubt

Wall led the Rockets with 29 points and 11 assists, David Nwaba with 19 and Tate with 18

The missiles couldn’t slow the wizards enough times to keep up

If it weren’t daunting enough to suffer a five-game loss with Christian Wood being eliminated with Wood no near return and Victor Oladipo joining him on the shelf, the Rockets were still understaffed with Eric Gordon and Eric Gordon even PJ Tucker – who has never missed a game in four seasons with Houston – is out

Without playing three of the top four goalscorers, the Rockets probably wouldn’t get out of their shooting slump, even as Wall celebrated his return to Washington by scoring more points with more assists than any other game since leaving >
The missiles only made 8 out of 37 3-pointers as their firing problems continued. The more the missiles missed 3s, the more the wizards – who always protect the paint well – grabbed the lane to keep the missiles from doing so

Still, the Rockets at the other end had more problems and allowed more points than in any other game this season

The Rockets started again terribly and couldn’t stop the Wizards.But Wall still kept them in the game in the first half Wall consistently hit the rim, threw down midfielders and shot around him He even threw a hard jam for left-handers, to remember old times on this floor

He couldn’t get the missiles to string stops together.Much of this was due to the wizards who blew out the Celtics the day before without shooting well The wizards lived like Sunday at the line, but they added the kind of 3-point shooting, which they had been missing all season

Davis Bertans, who has been struggling since his breakthrough season, hit four of his five 3-pointers, a pair of unbalanced jumpers towards the end of the half, having made only three of their first 17 attempts at depth by the Rockets finally a pair where Sterling Brown and Ben McLemore scored three goals before the end of half

But at halftime the wizards were shooting 581 percent, 467 percent of the 15 3-pointers they set up The missiles were in play, 72-69 but while the Rockets only played seven players for much of the half – aside from short cameos of their two-way players Ray Spalding and Mason Jones – they seemed unlikely to win a shootout

The end of the losing streak seemed to depend on rediscovering their defenses, even with key players missing that end of the floor. They never got too close or too close to the Wizards for the Rockets to contemplate a victory steal for a chance

Jonathan Feigen has been the Rockets’ beatwriter since 1998, and a basketball nut since then, before Willis Reed hobbled for Game 7, he became a sports writer because the reporter who was supposed to cover the University of Delaware basketball team decided to get one instead playing college lacrosse another season, and never looking back

Feigen, who has won APSE, APME, and United States Basketball Writers Association awards from El Campo to Houston, came to Texas in 1981 to cover the Rice Birds He was a sports editor in Garland before moving to Dallas to cover everything from the Southwest Conference finals hooray to the SMU on the death penalty

After joining the Houston Chronicle in 1990, Feigen reported on the downfall of the SWC, the rise of the Big 12 and the Rockets in their best championship

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News – UK – Shorthanded Rockets fall to Wizards, skid hits six games
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