The Rockets were abysmal and their defense was atrocious, though James Harden did finish with an empty 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting, four treys, three boards, 11 assists, one block and five turnovers in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Clippers.
Along with Harden, Dwight Howard (14 points, 14 boards, two steals, two blocks) and Trevor Ariza (10 points, 3-of-9 FGs, one steal) were the only other Rockets to 'not suck.' Terrence Jones (12 points, two boards, 25 minutes) and Josh Smith (seven points, nine boards, 13 minutes) were impotent and absent, respectively. Jason Terry (13 points, three assists, two steals, four turnovers) was a sieve on D and got ejected for a dirty shove that was so obvious that theoretically it could get scrutiny from the league. We'll see if the Rockets have any chance of keeping this series close in Sunday's Game 4.