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The defense of the Rockets has been incredible recently

By Michael Knight
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 13: Gary Clark #6 of the Houston Rockets plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 13, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 13: Gary Clark #6 of the Houston Rockets plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 13, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets have been playing some incredible defense over the past couple of weeks after a rough start on that end.

The Houston Rockets are on a pretty great defensive streak. They have held six of their last seven opponents under 100 points and that has resulted in five wins for the squad to get them back to .500.

The switching style of play that didn’t work out at all during the beginning games of the season is now in full force and is dominating teams. The Warriors saw that first hand and Kevin Durant even gave the Rockets some credit for the effectiveness of the scheme.

There are contributors from all around that are making this defense of Houston effective. The full team effort is something that was missing in the early going but now seems to have caught on as Houston starts to win.

Gary Clark

Gary Clark has been one of the brightest parts of the season so far. He has the ability to fit right into the style of play that the Rockets are trying to have. He plays on both ends of the court and can guard virtually any shooting guard to power forward.

Clark is also one of the most unselfish guys on the team. All he is concerned about is helping the Rockets win games. He definitely does that through his impressive instincts on offense and defense.

Carmelo Anthony

And it is tough to talk about the defense without talking about the guy who Gary Clark took minutes from. It’s finally official: Carmelo Anthony is no longer a part of the Rockets.

Melo just couldn’t find his way in the switching defense. On offense, he definitely had some nice games and helped the team win, but his defense was pretty atrocious at times. His absence and the incredible defense by the Rockets is probably not a coincidence.

Jeff Bzdelik

But wait, there’s more! The Rockets are doing this still without their defensive mastermind Jeff Bzdelik. He showed up to practice the other day but still isn’t 100% back with the team after retiring in the offseason.

Defensive minds think alike. pic.twitter.com/5ypCvzUc1w

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 13, 2018

When he comes back full time, watch out rest of the league! The Rockets are still somehow just No. 20 in the league in defensive rating, so this hot streak on that end of the court needs to keep going.

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The defense has carried when the offense has struggled for Houston. If both are clicking, the Rockets are an extremely dangerous team capable of taking down anyone on any given night.

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