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Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta ‘not holding up very well’ amid team’s struggles

The Houston Rockets are suffering through some concerning struggles early on this season. While there’s plenty of time to right the ship after stumbling to a 9-11 record, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta admits the team stumbling out of the gate has started to weigh on him.

“Let me be real honest about it. None of us are happy, but you got to remember, when Chris [Paul] and James [Harden] both played we’re 8-4,” Fertitta said Thursday at a University of Houston event where he was being inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Honor, via Mark Berman of Fox26 News. “When they haven’t played (together) we’re 1-7… We’ve got to be healthy to win games… I’m not holding up very well. I’m here to win.”

Fertitta is correct to point out that the Rockets have not been at full strength much this season, and having Paul and Harden on the court together presumably will pay huge dividends down the stretch, especially for a team that took the Warriors to the limit last season in the Western Conference Finals.

A lack of depth has been exposed as the Rockets battle through an injury-riddled stretch, something Mike D’Antoni recently bemoaned after Wednesday’s 128-108 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.  Chris Paul and Gerald Green are expected back for Friday’s game on the road against the San Antonio Spurs when the team will hope to snap a four-game losing streak.

There’s obviously no reason to panic at this early stage, but the Rockets should be feeling some pressure to get things back on track before the team finds itself in too deep of a hole in the muddled, but still loaded, West.