ROCKETS DID NOT LOSE GAME 7 BECAUSE OF BAD CALLS

Rockets need to worry less about the past and more about making shots

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The audacity and arrogance of an organization to go back and try to justify that they were the better team in the series and the best team in the NBA after being eliminated, is just an awful look and it's embarrassing. There were 7 games in the series and every one of those games played a part in the end result. If you were going to take the time to break down the deciding game in detail then you should have done the same thing, using the same process for the other 6 games that helped decide the outcome.

Did you look at Game 3 which the Rockets won by 3 points and Game 4 which Houston prevailed in by 4 and break down every call and possession to determine if you really deserved to win those games?

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Were there missed calls that helped your team? How many whistles went against Golden State unjustly? When you created your formula for points and values for the calls, did you factor those numbers and results into the games you won instead of the final game you lost? Speaking of these formulas and numbers, who validated them and deemed them as an accurate measure for calculating the outcome of games played in the NBA?

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Ok, forget about all those "minor" details, let's get to the biggest point that the report the Rockets compiled may have forgotten about, the 27 straight missed 3-point shots that sealed their fate in that final game. Regardless of the situation, the calls, the officials, you have to make shots to win basketball games.

In the case of the Rockets, when your entire offense is predicated on making 3-point shots and getting out on the fast break in transition, missing 27 straight attempts behind the arc and shooting less than 16% for the game is not going to get it done. Period. Bottom line. Those are the most important numbers that need to be remembered and discussed, along with the 4 games the Warriors won to the 3 that Houston came out victorious in.

At the end of the day, you will be remembered most by how you handled your toughest defeats and the dark days you had to endure before you finally reach the mountain top. You win with class and you lose the same way. Stop looking in the rear-view mirror trying to change history that has already been made and spend all that energy looking in the windshield, moving forward, focused on the goals ahead.

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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