After acquiring Russell Westbrook this summer, the Houston Rockets were expected to be fighting for a top spot in the West.
Instead, they find themselves fighting to slow down their opponents. Out of all 30 NBA teams to start the season, the Rockets are second-to-last in defensive efficiency (behind the Warriors) and dead last in opponent field-goal percentage.
To be blunt, the struggles on the defensive end have been a disaster for Houston, as they are giving up an average of about 127 points per game. Obviously, this is not the start they had in mind.
Following the loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni laid into his team for the embarrassing performance.
Putting the word limbo aside, D'Antoni and the Rockets are, undoubtedly, in serious trouble. James Harden is struggling to shoot on the perimeter, Russell Westbrook's fit with the team is still in doubt, and the team does not have the means to hold their own defensively.
If they don't find a solution, the first season of the Russ/Harden experiment may result in failure.