Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Five things I'm thinking about this weekend while wondering if, just a little bit, the fact that Whitney Mercilus' name sounds like "merciless" made the Texans like him. 1. Something that seems true (and totally is): The Rockets are just about the most depressing thing. They keep finishing with a winning record, but keep finishing outside the playoffs. They are a chain restaurant in a strip mall, they are a Lite American Lager, they are a moderately priced mid-size family sedan, a verse-chorus-verse-bridge-chorus pop song, a movie starring Ryan Reynolds. They are "not bad." The Rockets' success is also their failure. This isn't depressing in the way it is depressing to be a Charlotte Bobcats fan (a species I assume does actually exist), it's more like how it would feel if, say, an aging Tupac had spat 16 bars in a Justin Bieber song. It's the mediocrity of it all. For the third consecutive year, the Rockets will be the team with the 0.5 percent chance of winning the NBA lotter...
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