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What’s next for the Houston Rockets?

Ahead of a season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale made some comments about his team’s ability to overcome the loss. 

“We had a lot of talent, but we had a very poor start to the season,” McHale said.

“We didn’t have a great start to it.

I think the one thing that was very evident on the first night was how we’re going to have to continue to develop that talent, and we’re gonna have to play better in games.” 

The Rockets (23-21) are 2-4 without starting center Dwight Howard. 

McHale said the Rockets were able to take advantage of a bad defensive performance from the Clippers to win with a 21-15 rebounding advantage. 

“[We] came out with a lot more energy than we had in the first half,” McHalo said. 

While Houston has been in the midst of a stretch of four consecutive losing seasons, the Rockets have made it through the first round of the playoffs in each of the past five seasons.

The Rockets are 6-2 against the Clippers since they entered the postseason in 2013. 

As for who the Rockets will face in the third round of this year’s playoffs, McHale doesn’t think it will be a close matchup.

“The first one’s a good one,” McHalf said.

“It’s a tough one, because it’s a really good team.

I just think there’s a lot to like about them.

I’m a big fan of them, and I think they’ve got a lot going for them.”

McHalf was asked if he was concerned about the lack of chemistry with James Harden, who has played only 14 minutes in each game.

“I think so,” McHales said.”[Harden] has played with me a lot over the last couple years.

He’s been a big part of my career.

I like having a guy like that who’s been around me a long time.”

Harden has averaged 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds over the past three games.

The former NBA MVP had 24 points and seven rebounds in the Rockets’ 115-104 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. 

The Pelicans (26-21), who have been in first place in the Western Conference, have lost their last three games by an average of 21.0 points.

New Orleans is now 1-4 in games decided by five points or fewer. 

A win on Thursday would give the Pelicans a chance to clinch a spot in the conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have dropped four straight.