Stephen Silas gives brutally honest reaction on Rockets’ eight-game losing streak
Houston, we have a problem. Pardon the cliché, but the Houston Rockets’ current form aptly fits the bill and head coach Stephen Silas knows this.
On Monday, Silas’ team was dealt their eighth straight loss at the hands of the surging Chicago Bulls. After the game, the rookie head coach acknowledged that their problems cannot be solved inside the court.
“It’s a pride thing. It’s a togetherness thing,” Silas said after the Rockets’ 120-100 loss against the Bulls (via Kelly Iko of The Athletic). “At some point, the mindset needs to change.”
After a surprising six-game win streak earlier this 2021, the Rockets have now gone in an awful drought. Including their 20-point blowout loss against the Bulls, they’ve now lost their last eight games with a 15.6 point margin. They have five more games before the mid-season break, which Silas would probably want to fast forward if given the choice.
Stephen Silas’ tenure in Houston hasn’t been ideal, but it’s not as if the 48-year-old tactician wasn’t aware of this coming in. He inherited a roster filled with disgruntled stars and had to manage the overhaul of their lineup. Just a little over a month in, Silas was amid a huge revamp as the front office decided to swap point guards by sending Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall. A month after, he saw another former MVP go after James Harden packed his suitcases and left for the Brooklyn Nets.
The second-worst team in the West has no choice but to carry on and hope for the best. As Silas puts it, it’s all about pride and if the Rockets just compete and consistently play with a chip on their shoulders, the wins will come.