Luckily we play 82 games! - Paul backs Rockets to turn season around

Chris Paul is confident that the Houston Rockets have plenty of time to turn around their season despite a difficult start for last year's top seed.

The Rockets had the best regular-season record in the NBA last term, but they are 1-5 this time around after a 104-85 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

As Houston have James Harden - last year's NBA MVP - among their injury absentees, Paul is not yet concerned and maintains that a winning run will push this poor stretch out of their minds.

"What is it, 1-6? 1-5? Luckily, we play 82 of them," he told reporters.

"We're going to keep trying to get guys back but, right now, we don't like the way it looks. If you lose by 15 or you lose by one, you've still lost. We've got to get the spirit right and I think that will happen once we start playing better.

"[Experience] is very important. I couldn't imagine being one of the rookies or one of the young guys, where it seems like it will never get better.

"For us, who have been around a while, you realise that it's early and you can run off 10 wins in a row or something like that at some point and this will be an afterthought."

Paul added: "Nobody's going to feel sorry for us. We don't feel sorry for ourselves. We've got to get better."

Carmelo Anthony was a close-season signing from the Oklahoma City Thunder and, having endured a tough start to life in Houston, he acknowledges something must change.

"The good thing is we're only six games into the season," Anthony said. "But the games that we're losing...

"Once it goes bad, it goes bad. We have to fix that, we have to change that, have some sustainability out there, some force, some fight. We get ready for the next game."

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