With the fourth week of the 2015-16 season complete the new NBA Power Ranking Lists are out including the rank for the Houston Rockets.
It’s been a crazy November with plenty of surprises, but the Houston Rockets have been arguably the biggest surprise of the season, and not in a good way. This week the National pundits are sure to punish them on their NBA Power Ranking lists for their disastrous week.
In week 4 the Rockets started by losing to Boston which was immediately followed by a players only meeting. Before anyone could speculate on what the outcome would be head coach Kevin McHale was fired and assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff was named as interim head coach.
The irony of the week occurred in the very next game against Portland when Bickerstaff started Jason Terry over Ty Lawson; a move McHale had already planned on doing. If you watched the game you know the Rockets were lucky to win given they played the same terrible defense that finds them ranked 27th league wide.
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If not for a Hail Mary deep three by Corey Brewer the game would have also ended in the loss column. Instead many thought or rather wanted to believe the win was a sign things would turn around and that Kevin McHale was the issue. The reality was the glaring problems will still staring them in the face. What followed was two more loses to Memphis and New York. By week’s end Houston had won one of their four games and rumors of discord were seeping into mainstream media.
Let’s hope some practice time, soul searching and return of Patrick Beverley this week leads to a renewed focus on defense and that the players can resolve their internal issues as time is of the essence.
In the interim here’s the updated NBA Power Ranking Lists of how the pundits rank the Houston Rockets for week four:
John Schuhmann of nba.com ranks the Rockets 28th, dropping them 2 spots over their previous week. Full week 4 list. Schuhmann points out the Rockets should be giving Dwight Howard more touches given his 58% field goal percentage.
Matt Moore of CBS at least makes a good joke about where the Rockets have plummeted to: Complete list.
Marc Stein ESPN like his counterparts drops the Rockets down his list and points to the fact if things don’t turn around they’ll be more changes coming. Full List. No list again for John Hollinger, but have a feeling after this week he’ll have enough data to start doing his daily ranking.
Jeff Sagarin USA Today continues to give the Houston Rockets a pass for their poor playing ranking them at at high of 21. Full list.
USA Today drops the Rockets to 24 but seem to be unsure if they made the right decision?? Here’s the complete list
Next up we take a look at Jeremy Woo’s Sports Illustrated list for the week.
That wraps up the National Media NBA Power Ranking Lists for Week 4 of the season. My list will be up later this week. What are your thoughts on how the pundits ranked the Rockets? Let us know in the comments section below.
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