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Five Myths About The Houston Rockets Championship Hopes

By Josh D Roberts
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Mar 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) and guard Corey Brewer (33) defend Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 118 to 108. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Argument: Defense wins championships.

Golden opens his article stating,

My prediction even goes against the grain in terms of the ever-so popular motto, “Defense wins championships”.

This is an interesting argument to make during the current campaign given that Houston has the 4th best defensive efficiency rating, according to TeamRankings.com, behind only Memphis, Milwaukee and Golden State. If defense wins championships, then the Rockets are pointed in the right direction.

Houston’s defense has gone from giving up 103.7 points per game last season to 99.8 points per game this season, and while that’s only good for 16th in the league, factors like Houston’s offensive pace (how many possessions a team has per game) play a large role in that.

The view that the Rocket’s can’t play defense was absolutely true a year ago, but it’s time to put that to bed until it’s actually descriptive of reality.

If the Rocket’s defense is ready to withstand the rigors of the playoffs, then what else might stand in between them and a championship?

Next: Can The Rockets Beat Elite Teams?

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