HOUSTON The fizz has settled now in Houston.
Now you hear a lot of things about "funks" and "just putting your head down" and getting "fatherly advice" from the coach. One Rocket or another said all three of those things after Houston's 93-87 loss to the Denver Nuggets (2-3) Wednesday at Toyota Center. The Rockets are 2-2, and inevitable cooling of James Harden appears complete and all the sudden the Rockets are a team that has trouble scoring, but also has trouble defending.
A week ago there was a big party in Houston. Now the sun has come up, the champagne has gone flat and everybody's clothes smell like stale cigarette smoke.
"The game right now feels hard," coach Kevin McHale said. "When I'm watching it, it just feels hard."
James Harden went 5-for-15 for 15 points, three rebounds and two assists. Jeremy Lin was 2-for-9 with six points, six assists and five rebounds. Carlos Delfino came off the bench to score a team-high 19.
Ty Lawson had 21 points and eight assists fo...