Martin scored 14 points, along with six rebounds, five assists, and three steals in his first game in Rockets' red while Aaron Brooks (26 PTS) and Luis Scola (25 PTS) led Houston in scoring in the home team’s 10-point loss.
“It was just a poor defensive effort on our part,” Houston head coach Rick Adelman told ESPN following Saturday’s loss. “It’s not about shots. I don’t care about that. We scored 115 points and had 28 assists and we didn't give ourselves a chance. We aren’t going to do anything if we don’t have more of a defensive habit toward the defensive end of the floor.”
With Martin appearing in his very first game as a Houston Rocket, some of his early shooting slump likely had to do with nervous anxiety as a new team member.
“The one good thing about that night is that it is over,” Martin said. “It was fun to get back out on the court again with everything that happened over the last couple of days, but we didn’t come out with a win so I’m kind of disappointed in that aspect.”
Houston and Martin get a chance to quickly rebound into the win column, as the Rockets hit the road to face New Orleans tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. CST.
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