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Daryl Morey admits Rockets haven’t ‘played well’

The Houston Rockets are 26-14 on the season, good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, though, says the team hasn’t “played well.”

“Our aspirations are to win a championship,” Morey told Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “So you gotta win at home. We haven’t executed well, and we haven’t played well.

“I think we have the players that can do it. We just gotta get it there. I mean, our first focus is always [to] win with what we got. And then obviously my job is to look at other things, but I think everyone’s focus is we got good players and let’s make it happen.”

The Rockets are 14-5 at home, 12-9 on the road and 15-10 against Western Conference teams. Those are splits most teams would be content with, but Morey and Houston are trying to win the championship this season and the Rockets’ architect knows his group has to be more consistent.

The Rockets are only 5-5 in their last 10 games. They face a big test on Saturday when LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers come into town. It’s unclear if Houston will have to deal with Anthony Davis, as the Lakers are listing him as questionable.

The Rockets will go as far as James Harden and Russell Westbrook can take them. The two MVPs are both putting up stellar numbers, but wins are more important to them at this juncture of their careers.

Houston had a team meeting after losing to the Portland Trail Blazers at home. We’ll see if the Rockets look and play like a different team on Saturday against the Lakers.