Smith: Only consistency for Rockets has been inconsistency

They won six consecutive games.

They lost three of their next four.

They started a season of unprecedented change without James Harden, finally traded The Beard when he became impossible to bear, discovered a new rhythm, then lost it again.

The only consistency for the 2020-21 Rockets: Inconsistency.

One game and first-year coach Stephen Silas again looks like a strong Coach of the Year contender.

The next game, Silas’ team is held to an absurd seven points during the fourth quarter and is ultimately blown out by 25 in a road loss to a young and inexperienced 12-13 Charlotte squad.

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The Rockets are now 11-12. Which feels about right considering everything they’ve been through and continue to go through.

Harden is still their leaving average scorer. New Rocket Christian Wood has played at an All-Star level (22 points, 10.2 rebounds) when healthy. But Wood is hurt again and has now missed six of the Rockets’ 23 games.

John Wall has played in 14. Victor Oladipo is up to 10.

P.J. Tucker has played and started in all 23 contests. But this is increasingly common when I check the veteran forward’s nightly box score: 0-3 field goals, 0-3 3-pointers, 0-0 free throws, zero rebounds, two assists, one steal, two turnovers, three personal fouls, zero points, 23 minutes.

No wonder the Rockets were blown out by 25 against the below .500 Hornets.

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