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NBA Power Ranking Lists: How Pundits Rank Houston Rockets Week 10

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Dec 31, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) boxes out Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the second half at Toyota Center. The Warriors won 114 to 110. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 31, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) boxes out Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the second half at Toyota Center. The Warriors won 114 to 110. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Week 10 of the 2015-16 season is in the books and with that the new NBA Power Ranking Lists are out, so lets take a look at where the Houston Rockets were ranked.

In Week 10 the Houston Rockets followed up their most impressive Christmas Day victory over the Spurs with an 0-fer week losing consecutive games to the Hawks, Warriors and Spurs. What made it worse was how the Rockets lost.

In their game versus Atlanta, they were leading by 19 points before allowing the Hawks to come all the way back and surrendering the lead late. Golden State was without 2 starters: their MVP Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes and they also were without key reserves Leandro Barbosa and Festus Ezeli. Finally the revenge match in San Antonio saw the Spurs offense most expected to see on Christmas as they completely dominated the Rockets and made them look far from being ready to contend with them a top the division or conference.

Week 11 the Rockets will play a home and home with the Utah Jazz prior to finishing up Sunday versus the Indiana Pacers.

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Here’s the updated NBA Power Ranking Lists of how the pundits rank the Houston Rockets for week ten:

John Schuhmann of nba.com drops the Rockets four spots after their terrible week. Full week 10 list   Notably Schuhmann points to the demise of the Rockets defense which has allowed opponents to shoot 46% from the perimeter during their 4-game losing streak. Worse they allowed teams to score 117 per 100 possessions during the same stretch of games.

Matt Moore of CBS has been one of the Rockets biggest cheer leaders, but even he saw how poorly Houston performed this past week.  After moving the Rockets up six spots last week he drops them by the same margin this week and calls the loss to the depleted Warriors embarrassing.  Complete list.

Power Rank Matt Moore week 10
Power Rank Matt Moore week 10

Marc Stein ESPN  Stein also moves the Rockets down 3 rungs to the 15th spot highlighting their regression defensively.  Full List.

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated ranks the Rockets 18th, dropping them 2 spots. His full list is here.

Power Rank Jeremy Woo SI week 10
Power Rank Jeremy Woo SI week 10

USA Today Panels drops the Rockets into 17th with kudos to Howard despite their bad week. Here’s the full listing power ranking list

Finally Jeff Sagarin USA Today ranks the Rockets the highest of the pundits in 14th. Here’s his Full List:

Power Rank Jeff Sagarin week 10
Power Rank Jeff Sagarin week 10

That wraps up the National Media NBA Power Ranking Lists for Week 10 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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