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The Houston Rockets are currently on a five-game winning streak. Three of those games they won by at least 22 points. They have won the blowout games and the ugly grind it out games. They’re not exactly getting the credit they deserve, which is funny since they are the number one rated offense in the NBA as of today.
The only problem the Rockets have faced this season is inconsistency. They have beaten some of the top teams in the league and have annihilated the Eastern Conference for the most part. But they have had a few clunkers to some teams they should have easily beaten.
The three main concerns I have are Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik and the power forward position. Lin is a concern of mine because of his inconsistency so far. I think the Rockets will go as far as Lin takes them. By that I mean the better he is, the farther the Rockets will go. The worse he is, the shorter Houston’s season will be. I’m not concerned with Asik’s play, I’m just concerned he might tire out fast in his first season as a starter. I’m also concerned with what the the Rockets are going to do at power forward. You know the Rockets are always in trade talks and I just don’t think Patrick Patterson is the answer. The Rockets are a superstar post player away from a title run in my opinion.
The Rockets have lost to the Spurs twice so far this season but they will look for revenge tonight in San Antonio. Houston seems to be clicking all on cylinders right now, from the starters, to the bench, to coaching and from their superstar James Harden.
I said during the summer the Rockets were two superstars away from being legitimate contenders. They’re one away from that after the addition of Harden. If they don’t get that other star I think they still have a real chance of making the playoffs. But without that star I’m not sure if they will make much noise in the postseason.
With all this being said, the Rockets are not a fluke. They are an above average team and the youngest team in the NBA. They are the most fast paced team as well. They’re defense may not be the best right now but I do think it will get better with experience.
Things have turned around quicker in Houston than I expected. And all the thanks should go to Daryl Morey and Leslie Alexander. Without them the Rockets wouldn’t be one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. I can’t wait to see what else is in store in the future.