The Houston Rockets are young and new to each other. They've got a lot of flaws to mend over internally before they can truly compete for a championship next year.
But no shortcoming stands taller than their limited abilities to defend the perimeter. Damian Lillard's heartbreaking shot was just one play—but it was also representative of a sight that frustrated fans in Clutch City all season.
The issues extend to all of the Rockets' perimeter defenders. Chandler Parsons has better defensive tools than Harden, but suffers from the same lack of concentration, particularly off the ball. Jeremy Lin has shown flashes, but still gets smushed by screens too easily and is too slow to contain the quick ball-handlers of the league. Patrick Beverley has all the tools and the willingness to stick his nose in there, but he's treating too many possessions like one-on-one matchups, often to the detriment of the help defense behind him.
Who can Houston go after this summer that would make more than a drop in the bucket for them defensively? Are there any game-changing wing defenders in sight?