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Houston Rockets On the Outside Looking In

Mar 9, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Houston Rockets won 118-104. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Houston Rockets won 118-104. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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With 5 games remaining in their schedule, the Houston Rockets sit on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

A game behind the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks for the final two playoff spots in the West, the Houston Rockets hope to regain position as they take on the Mavericks tonight in Dallas.

Dallas being the toughest of Houston’s remaining opponents, the Rockets need a win tonight in order to secure the tie breaker in the situation that Houston and Dallas end the season with identical records.

The Rockets are more than capable of winning out the rest of their schedule, but only if they string together a stretch of games where they play consistent.

The Rockets have had trouble playing up to their potential all season. From game to game, and sometimes even half to half, the Rockets fluctuate between the team that made it to last season’s Western Conference finals and the team that currently sits with a record below .500.

Rockets head-to-head records against:
Memphis: 2-2
Portland: 2-2
Utah: 2-2
Dallas: 2-1

— David Weiner (@BimaThug) April 6, 2016

Thats one of the reasons the Rockets’ failure has been so difficult to figure out. In the midst of their underperformance, the Rockets occasionally look like a team that can compete with anybody.

With the postseason fast approaching, and with the Rockets not guaranteed a postseason spot in the West, maybe the possibility of finality will light a fire under the Rockets, prompting them to play to their full potential.

Watch the Rockets tonight as they take on the Dallas Mavericks on ESPN.

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