It's no secret. They have been saying it all year long. The Rockets know what they need to do to get better.
And if they didn't know, they were reminded at Thursday's practice. After losing eight of their last nine games, coaches showed film from games when the team was having success.
“Today was something really smart from our coaching staff,” forward Carlos Delfino said. “We talked about our mistakes yesterday, but all the video we did was watching good situations from December and early January. Sometimes you don't need to be hammered in the head about mistakes, but show what you did before – good stuff.”
“Today was a great practice for us because we did a lot of mental stuff,” guard Jeremy Lin said. “Just watching film of how we used to play and what it looks like when we play the way we're supposed to play – the way we played when we were successful. We just had a nice reminder of that today. I think tomorrow we'll get back to who we are and hopefully break out of this little funk we're in.”
Getting the team's confidence back is an issue, and coach Kevin McHale thought the video would help.
“We had to see how we played,” McHale said. “When we were playing well, we were moving the ball and moving bodies. We just became very stagnant over the last couple weeks and we can't play like that.”
Lin pointed out things the team noticed when they watched that video.
“We filled the corners,” Lin said. “First of all, we get everybody down low to the corners, to the blocks, and we create a lot of space. We have a lot of natural playmakers who can break the defense down, so we've got to be able to give them the space to be able to do what they do best and let it free flow from there.”
The Rocket take on the Hornets in New Orleans at 7 p.m. on Friday night.