The Rockets are sixth in both three-point attempts (41.3) and three-pointers made (14.5) per game with a middle-of-the-pack team percentage (.352). They lost defensive players and replaced them with players not known for their defense.
Through four games this campaign, the 29-year-old is averaging 28.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 36.0 minutes per game.
Guard Chris Paul also expressed frustration about the team's disappointing start, telling reporters: "We've got to go back to the drawing board and figure out what's going to be the best solution for this team".
In the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season, he was forced to sit out seven games although this hardly affected Houston's campaign. They replaced them with superstar Carmelo Anthony, James Ennis III and Michael Carter-Williams. They are a great scoring team but they can't get stops. He said the team needs to make major adjustments and pointed to the Rockets' defense as an area of concern. Cavaliers veteran Kevin Love and company hope to contain Oladipo, who scored a game-high 21 points in the Pacers' most recent win.
"Long-term I'm not concerned because he'll get over it". "This team this year is completely, totally different from the team they had last year".
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rockets' 1-4 record marks the worst five-game start by a team that had the NBA's best record the previous season. A year ago may be the best that the Rockets will be with the team that they have. This team is going to be good. However, without a lock-down defender, the Rockets will be in trouble.
In a game where the Rockets didn't have James Harden, the Clippers needed to capitalize by relentlessly attacking, and they did.
Anthony, who is in his first season in Houston after one hard year in Oklahoma City, doesn't know why the Rockets have struggled with consistency this season.