Rockets bring the defense, can't hit their shots in Game 7 loss

This one will sting for a long time. Despite being without one of their most important players in Chris Paul, the Rockets brought the defensive intensity for a half in both Games 6 and 7 but they couldn't close it out. The Rockets missed 27 straight three-point attempts in Monday night's Game 7 as the Warriors outscored the Rockets by 20 in the second half to pull out a 101-92 win, ending Houston's season (Podcast: MK, Clutch discuss the game). There were some absolutely awful calls in this one that hurt the Rockets, but nothing stung more than those missed shots as Trevor Ariza was 0-9 from deep, James Harden missed his final 11 attempts from long range and even Eric Gordon finished 2-12. The Rockets are in for an important offseason and are potentially on the hook for a massive luxury tax bill, which makes the unloading of Ryan Anderson an important step.

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