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NBA World Reacts To The Rockets' Miserable Losing Streak

John Wall and Eric Gordon on the floor for the rockets together.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 02: Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a play with John Wall #1 during the fourth quarter of a game against the Sacramento Kings at Toyota Center on January 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

When Stephen Silas was hired by the Houston Rockets in October of 2020, he thought he would be walking into a ready-made situation to win. With one of the best players in the league, another former MVP on the roster and a reliable supporting cast, the long-time assistant looked to be well set-up in his first head coaching gig.

Less than five months later, that couldn't be further from the truth. The Rockets are in free fall.

Houston fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon, 124-122, bringing the team's losing streak to 20 straight games.

The Rockets have lost 20 games in a row, the 6th longest losing streak in a season of all-time.

— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 21, 2021

">According to StatMuse, it's the sixth longest losing streak in a single season of all-time. Sunday's defeat was a backbreaker as the Rockets stayed within shouting distance throughout the contest. Down two points on the final possession, John Wall drove to the basket but had his shot blocked by Luguentz Dort to lock up the game for the Thunder. After the game, Silas was understandably emotional. With the physical and mental toll that this season has taken in a variety of ways, the NBA world empathized with the first-year head coach who was thrust into a situation far beyond his control.

When Silas came aboard, James Harden was still the centerpiece in Houston and the Rockets were operating on the understanding that he would be back for another year. However, he forced his way to Brooklyn just a few games in, leaving a new head coach to pick-up the pieces.

The Rockets have also been plagued by injuries, including the major loss of big-man Christian Wood. The 25-year-old was in the middle of a breakout season before he rolled his ankle. Houston began the massive skid when Wood went down and haven't recovered in the two games since he's been back.

The Rockets have used 27 different starting line-ups in 41 games. Sunday was just the second time this season that Wall, Victor Oladipo, Danuel House, Christian Wood and Jae'Sean Tate were on the floor for the opening tip.

With the trade deadline fast approaching on March 25, the Rockets could be a major seller. Although Houston isn't last in the Western Conference, the playoffs are more of an afterthought at this point.

It's likely in the team's best interest to make some moves and put themselves in a better position for the start of next year.