The rat race continues in the Western Conference and the Houston Rockets are on the outside looking in.
Since the loss, Houston’s playoff push has become a bit more challenging with the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers ahead this weekend. As they continue to fight amongst each other, the Rockets are running out of time to save their dreadful season.
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Speaking of the Rockets playoffs chances. Space City Scoop staff writer Joshua Van Horn analyzed the Rockets’ remaining 10 games, as Houston tries to keep their postseason hopes alive.
"If the Rockets manage to grab a victory tonight, the bad news is that the first half of their remaining ten-game stretch is brutal. Their opponents include Toronto, Indiana, Cleveland, Chicago and Oklahoma City. After those five games, however, the Rockets schedule is particularly easy, offering them the opportunity to gain momentum going into the postseason should they remain a top-eight team in the Western Conference."
Although their next five games are against playoff-bound teams, I still have hope that the Rockets will make the postseason. However, I do not have as much faith as Dwight Howard. According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, Howard believes that the Rockets can still win an NBA title this June.
"“Regardless of how our season is going so far, regardless of the fact that we haven’t played up to our expectations, I really believe that we have a championship caliber team,” Howard said. “Nobody else has to believe it, and that’s fine. The whole world can be against us. But if those 15 guys in the locker room believe that we can win, then we will win. There’s no doubt about it. We had a great season last year, and the reason why we were able to come in the playoffs and do what we did is because we believed.”"
I will never be against the Rockets. As a fan, I would love for The Larry O’Brien Trophy to return to Clutch City. Unfortunately, there is no way for the Rockets to win a title this season. No one feels Howard’s statement is more insane than NBA FanSided staff writer Tom West.
"in Of course, almost any player is going to say that their team is good enough to win a championship. Unless you’re in rebuild mode or unable to make the playoffs, you need to emit the confidence that your team has the potential to go all the way. Even if you know deep down that what you’re saying is absurd, you need to show confidence your teammates and your fans. Yet for Howard to say so emphatically that his team is of a championship caliber and that “belief” will take them through the playoffs is hard for anyone to accept as a sane statement."
Speaking of Howard. His Stickum controversy may have come to an end Monday afternoon. Sadly, it has not stopped his peers from trolling him on social media. After D12 missed the potential game tieing ally-oop against the Thunder Tuesday night. Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum trolled the Rockets center about being unable to catch a pass without the uses of Stickum.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 23, 2016
Don’t worry Red Nation. It does not matter if they make the playoffs or not. The Rockets dreadful and disappointing season is almost over.
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