Young Rockets plagued by lack of veteran leadership

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Judging from the outside looking in, it doesn’t seem like much is going right in the Rockets camp. In fact, it looks to be going all wrong as another Rockets season has them mired in mediocrity with an NBA-worst record (11-36) and it wasn’t until Monday’s win over Minnesota that they snapped an abysmal 13-game losing streak. No other NBA team has lost as many games in a row so far this season. A third-straight NBA Lottery season is in the making. But embattled coach Stephen Silas recently told The Defender he still believes the team is moving in the right direction despite all of the losing. “Absolutely,” said Silas, who was 48-153 during his first three seasons as of Monday night. “Look at the way [Alperen Sengun] has played [recently], look at the stretches of play where we good for 42 minutes but in a span of six minutes we weren’t very good. “So yeah, there is definitely a feeling we are moving in the right direction.” Silas is right in a lot of ways. This extremely young and talented Rockets squad does show flashes of promise, but it’s those befuddling moments of ineptness that lead to losses upon...