May 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) points up after a play during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Clippers 113-100 to win the series 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Somehow dating back to 1968, the first season the two teams played, they have never met in the playoffs. Both teams have a long history of making it into the post-season, while they try to write history here in the next few weeks.
The San Diego Rockets had one playoff appearance before they moved to Houston, it was in the 1968-’69 season where they lost in the Division Semi-finals. The losing began piling up and after two seasons, the Rockets were moved to Houston. This streak would mark the longest the Rockets have gone without making the playoffs (5 seasons from 1969-’74).
The Rockets have remained a legitimate threat every year and have consistently made the playoffs in a tough division. Houston was in the Eastern Conference in the 1970’s where they would make a string of playoff sightings, but it wasn’t until they transferred to the West when they started making bigger moves. In 1980-’81 Houston lost in the Finals to the Boston Celtics and again in 1985-’86, but everything was clicking and eventually they knew they would pull it off.
Eventually a guy named Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon would step onto a court in Houston and make the NBA his playground. The two titles in franchise history for Houston would come back-to-back starting in 1993-’94, Olajuwon would grab both Finals MVP trophies.
2015 marks the 29th time the Houston Rockets have been in the post-season, out of their 48-year history dating back to San Diego. The Rockets have made the playoffs in 60% of their seasons, and look to add a third title this year.
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