5 Roadblocks Preventing The Houston Rockets from Winning West

By Bill Simpson
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Dec 29, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) reacts to action against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets have amassed a 21-11 record and are in the midst of a three-game winning streak, including a surprising comeback win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

But they are 4.5 games behind the top Western Conference team and show plenty of room for improvement.

They’ve been inconsistent, going 6-4 in their last 10 games. They’re also 12-9 in conference play, unimpressive compared to the 13-5, 15-4 and 13-6 records of PortlandSan Antonio and Oklahoma City, respectively.

With a young team that should get better each year, fans have plenty reason to be excited. Still, the Rockets have five major roadblocks to overcome if they want to be the best team in their conference.