No matter what, Houston losing Game 6 and Game 7 after having monstrous halftime leads is not going to be easily forgotten by the Rockets players. This will take a little while to let go of.
The Houston Rockets franchise, down to floor sweeper knows they were good enough to knock off Golden State and would have been significant favorites to have defeated Cleveland in The Finals. The loss of Chris Paul in the series two most crucial games was too much to overcome, especially in the final two quarters of each contest.
Houston players and coaches will be thinking “woulda, coulda, shoulda”. Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game and they have cost teams worthy of winning championships before and they will again.
Taking Care Of What You Can Control
The first order of business for disappointed GM Daryl Morey is re-signing free agent starters Paul, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza, along with key reserves Gerald Green and Luc Mbah a Moute. The latter three seem doable, as they are older and likely not in high demand.