Anderson was a mere 3-of-9 from the field, racking up only eight points and two rebounds in his 28 minutes on the floor. The California product was one of many that felt the effects of a delayed bus ride from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, making these creatures of habit struggle through their pre-game rituals.
“Everything had to be pushed back,” Anderson told ESPN’s Calvin Watkins. “Every warmup was completely different today. I went to chapel today instead of doing a little bit of warmup before chapel, all this stuff. It’s an excuse, it’s something we should have played a whole lot better tonight, but it was a factor.”
The rest of the starters combined for a feeble 31 points, making it a struggle to compete with a desperate Pelicans team that is fighting to stay in the race for the last playoff spot.
The Rockets shot a combined 13-of-40 from beyond the arc — basically shooting themselves out of the game — thing that is prone to happen when a team lives and dies by the three the way GM Daryl Morey likes to do.