The Rockets (4-3) opened their season with three wins in their first four games before reaching a two-game skid, which broke with a 107-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
Harden again appeared to be moving past his early shooting woes, going 6 of 16 from 3-point range. Since going 17 of 79 on 3s in his first six games, Harden has made 13 of 32 the last two. "It was bound to happen at some point and it is what it is".
Even after a respectable shooting performance in Houston's win over Golden State, the veteran guard is still just converting on just 38.7 percent of his field-goal attempts and a ridiculously bad 27.0 percent of his 3-point attempts. "I thought we were driving to try to score instead of driving to try to score instead of driving to try to move the ball to someone on the team who can make the next play".
Looney missed the entire preseason because of a strained right hamstring then came back to start the season-opening 141-122 loss to the Clippers on October 24 (Oct. 25, PHL time).
Houston still faced some of the same issues that plagued them early in the season, quickly giving up fast-break opportunities with long rebounds from their obsession with corner three, along with the fouls in transition that constantly put the Warriors in the bonus. "It's a matter of heart, will, communication and getting it done", said Mike D'Antoni in his post-game presser, according to Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic. We don't really practice a lot, we're a vet team. We work on our condition in that way.
The Rockets won the 2018-19 regular season series between the teams by a 3-1 margin before the Warriors won a 4-2 series victory in the Western Conference semifinals. "We can't make adjustments until they play as hard as they can".