75 game check-in: Houston Rockets
75 games into the season, and where are we? The Houston Rockets are now exactly 50-25 after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night, and have honestly, been one of the most consistent teams in the NBA this season as far as the long stretch goes. Houston had a lot of trouble bringing the intensity early in the season against teams with .500 and below records. That led to a lot more games in the L column than neccesary, but they’ve seemed to move past that. Dwight Howard has had an All-Star season, James Harden has turned it on, Terrence Jones has emerged as a legit NBA player after going back and forth between the D-league and the NBA last season, Chandler Parsons has improved more this season as well. The Rockets have an extremely competitive team that competes on every given night. While still working out the kinks, they’re eons better than the early season Rockets that lost to Philly (lost 26 in a row), the Lakers, and Utah.
Even after that, we still don’t know who the 2014 Houston Rockets are. And odds are, won’t know until the playoffs. Out of the 7 remaining games in the schedule, only one team has a winning record.
So then, the focus turns to the NBA Playoffs. As of right now, the Rockets are right in the middle of the western conference with the 4 seed. The San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Los Angeles Clippers are ahead of them, and the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies behind them. They own the tie-breaker against Portland if needed, but the way things are looking, they’re going to be facing them in the playoffs at any rate, whether the 4 or 5 seed. If Houston was to win the series, it would be their first playoff series won since 2009, 5 years ago.
So who are they? We’re going to have to wait just a little while to find out if they high flying Rockets are going to live up to their potential.
- Cameron Davis is a Staff Writer for ProSportsExtra.com