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James Harden – Houston Rockets (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets: It’s us versus everyone else.

The Houston Rockets are on a rampage and it’s quickly making them the most repugnant team in the league.

This whole fiasco started back in the last season when the Rockets decided to release a claim that basically said that they should have been champions in 2018 because of missed calls. Then before the season began, there was Daryl Morey — not technically speaking for the Rockets as an organization — who tweeted something about something that made people in China very upset.

Now, they’ve decided that a blown call in a game should give them an automatic win. Here’s the play in question:

In this instance, the Rockets were right: This was clearly a blown call by the officials. The Rockets would go on to lose to the Spurs in double overtime by one point. This subsequently led them to protest the game and try to A) get an automatic win over the Spurs because they technically outscored them by one in regulation or B) replay the final 7:50 with a 15-point lead at a later date.

Now, there is a precedent for replaying games when mistakes for officials have been made. Most recently in 2007-08, the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks replayed a game when Shaquille O’Neal was credited with a sixth foul when he should have only had five.

This time, however, the league opted not to induce a replay, which I am sure has only upset Rockets’ brass further. But, imagining a replay of the final 7:50 at a later date seems unfathomable. Like the Heat and Hawks game, players could be traded by the time they replay or players could be injured. The teams could very well be entirely different.

However, it’s not as if the replay wouldn’t be fun, but I vote that the league make the stakes even higher perhaps to quiet down this Rockets squad.

Let’s do this: replay the final 7:50 plus two overtimes for a total of 17:50, give the Rockets a 15-point lead but if they lose they have to swap Popovich and D’antoni, and, lastly, let’s just put Russell Westbrook on the Spurs for the game.

Look, if we’re making up rules and protests here then why not go for the jugular? Let’s get up to some crazy stuff that will be super memorable rather than these boring ol’ complaints about human error in officiating.

And, truly, if you don’t think everyone hates the Rockets just view this clip of Harden talking back to a fan DURING THE SPURS GAME IN QUESTION:

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Houston Rockets, stop trying to make fetch happen — it’s not going to happen.