The Rockets might be coming off the most difficult of losses, failing to protect a lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter and again in overtime to fall to the Nets. But they said there is no concern about a hangover from one loss in an NBA season, especially given their circumstances in the Western Conference standings.
"You know, we’ve had some other tough losses," Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. "Surely we understand where we are. That’s gone. There’s nothing you can do about it. We talk about it. Every individual is different, will treat it differently. But we have a nationally televised game against the Lakers and where we are … all these wins are important. I would hope … and I trust my guys that it won’t bother is.
"I don’t worry about bouncing back from a tough loss. I worry about having a good win and a lesser team coming in. That’s the one that’s tricky to me."
The timing could help, with an off day followed by a practice day between games.
"We know how tough that loss was," Rockets guard James Harden said. "You watch film. You get better. You try not to make those same mistakes like you did in the previous game."