Dec 4, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) warms up before a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
We here at Space City Scoop give a bit of a hard time for the Houston Rockets, because we know they have the tools to be better. We know that they can shoot on a level that can compete with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the future for scoring or play transition offense hard like the Denver Nuggets do. They are the second highest scoring team in the NBA. The run transitional offense well; they are third in points in the paint and can easily combat the number 2 Clippers’ inconsistent numbers. They have an identity, although at times it feels like they have an identity crisis.
To make things even better for the Houston Rockets, they are the youngest team in the NBA. Every player (at least every player that shows up in a game, Royce White!) contributes to the team in some way or fashion, to make up for days when a star or a bench player may be lacking and may not be given the chance, even if the current players are not doing as well, because they are the third option and because of bad communication between players and staff.
And then there’s days where you compare them to the Washington Wizards and what the Wizards to better than them! Getting shots in, rebounding, rebounding missed shots, defense, and so on..
But hey, they must be doing something right if we like them so much! They are after all in the Playoff picture 25-23 in 8th place 5 games away from the highly competitive 4th-6th place spot to take advantage of a home place win against a First Round team. They have a top 10 scorer, meaning they have a superstar referees will give calls to.
They’re 10-1 against the East, so as long as they can beat the Western Conference, they can easily win against the Eastern Conference.
And it’s only their first year! (Like the Lakers, except better!) This team can not only compete but can last a long time thanks to their youth. They may not be the most experienced. But they have the talent. So how about just giving them a few years if not till the playoffs to prove you wrong before you get upset the next time they do something wrong?