Houston Rockets: First 0-3 Start Since 1999-00 Season

Denton RamseySenior Analyst IOctober 31, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26:  Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball against Aaron Brooks #0 of the Houston Rockets during their opening night game at Staples Center on October 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The last time the Houston Rockets started a season 0-3, Y2K was the topic of the day as millennium mania was sweeping the nation.

I was on the verge of turning 21, the '90s were coming to a close, and Aaron Brooks was just a freshman in high school, with his future life in the NBA nothing more than a pipe dream at best.

I digress.

Fast-forward 11 years to the present.

It's 2010, with 2011 looming, and the Rockets are once again 0-3. It has been a very interesting trio of games to start the season.

Houston looked great in the team’s season opener on the road against Los Angeles, fighting the Lakers to the finish in a 112-110 setback.

The next night, those same Rockets (minus Yao Ming, who will be sitting out the second game of back-to-backs this season) got spanked against Golden State, 132-128.

Then, on Saturday night in Houston’s home opener, the Rockets rolled to an all-time low at Toyota Center—draining just 3 of 19 three-pointers in a 107-94 lopsided loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Granted, there are still 79 games remaining and still plenty of time to turn things around.

But the Rockets need to begin making and taking those necessary steps in the right direction as soon as possible.

Houston returns to the hardwood on Wednesday night, Nov. 3, at home against the New Orleans Hornets.

Let’s raise a glass to hoping the Rockets can begin righting the ship this week at Toyota Center.

The season is still young, but for a team with hopes and goals reaching well beyond postseason play, it’s time to get things rolling.

Starting Wednesday evening…


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