HOUSTON When the margin for error is as infinitesimal as it was on Sunday night, hindsight tends to lead down a spiral of abject frustration.
The Rockets were an errant pass here, a blown defensive assignment there from validating an effort they so proudly claimed. Their miscues were simultaneously minor and major, seemingly benign when viewed singularly yet retrospectively malignant when considered cumulatively.
The long faces following their 105-103 overtime loss to the Clippers at Toyota Center perfectly captured just how close the Rockets were to sidestepping a three-game skid in advance of their five-game road trip.
"It sucks that we lost," Rockets guard Kyle Lowry said. "We can't play with better effort and better intensity. But it sucks that we lost that one.
"Everything is going to stick out because this is such a close loss. It's just one of those tough games where one little thing would have turned it a different way."
Three little th...