With a three-game losing streak and six-consecutive losses to teams that currently have winning records, a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder would not seem to be a likely cure. But with the Rockets citing a lack of consistent intensity while struggling in the three games since the injuries to Dwight Howard and Pat Beverley, facing a team that has swept them in three games so far this season might at least generate the urgency that has been lacking.

“That’s how it is. It’s a crazy league,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said. “It’s not getting any easier for us. There might not be a better way to get back on it than beating the Thunder. We’ll figure it out. We just have to play together, play harder from the jump.”

Beverley is out indefinitely with Howard listed as day-to-day, but also to miss Friday’s game.

“This is who we’ve got,” forward Omri Casspi said. “This is who we are right now. We got another one Friday. Nobody feels sorry for us. It’s not going to get any easier. We have to stay positive, be aggressive and do whatever we need to do.”