After their unbelievable second-half collapse against the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Thursday night, the Rockets had the day off on Friday and were back at shootaround on Saturday.
And you better believe they were ready to move past that 104-92 loss to OKC as they prepared to host the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at Toyota Center.
“On to the next one, that’s just how it is,” Rockets guard Jeremy Lin said. “We’re just not really thinking about what happened the other day. We’re excited for tonight to move on.”
“We get another chance to come out here and play in front of our home crowd,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said. “That game is over with. Now we’re ready to come out here and play well against Milwaukee.”
“It was a tough game, but you got to let it go,” Rockets center Dwight Howard said. “It’s one out of 82. It’s very important to us but at this point, it’s over with. We can’t dwell on it.”
“We left that game when we finished with them,” Rockets guard Pat Beverley said. “We can’t look back at that. It’s the NBA – quick turnaround. Our opponent now is the Milwaukee Bucks. That’s where our focus is right now.”
Now the challenge is to play in what will probably be a much less exciting atmosphere and to not play down to an opponent that has an overall record of 7-31 -- the worst in the NBA.
“We’ve seen it before and we’re more prepared now,” Parsons said. “We understand what it takes and we can’t take it easy against anybody because we’ve proven we can lose to anybody and we can beat anybody on any given night. So, we can’t take them lightly at all just because they’re record says they’re not very good.
“At the end of the day they’re an NBA team. They still have good players and they’re still capable of winning games, so it’s not that much of a difference to us. Obviously, it’s not the primetime TNT national spotlight, but it’s still the same game to us and every game counts the same.”
“I think that’s true (that it’s a challenge) for any team to be able to take every game with as much weight,” Lin said. “So, yes, I do think we have to come out with the mentality that we came out with in the first half of the last game.”
“We need wins,” Howard said. “We’ve got to come out tonight and play, and so whatever happened last game is over with. We can’t look at these guys that way because every time that happens we mess ourselves up, so we can’t do that.”