Injuries and inconsistency have plagued the Houston Rockets early on in the season, but their talent and toughness have kept them just steady enough so far.
Everybody expected it to take some time for the Houston Rockets to stand out as one of the best teams in the NBA. So far, that’s been the case 25 games into the season. While they’re currently sitting at fourth in the Western Conference at 17-8, consistency hasn’t been where it has needed to be for Mike D’Antoni‘s club.
The highlight of the young season was an eight-game winning streak Houston enjoyed after an embarrassing loss to the Miami Heat, however, they followed that streak with a three-game skid. After a dominant 158-111 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks in which James Harden put up 60 points, the Rockets then blew a 22-point lead to the struggling San Antonio Spurs.
Just about the only thing consistent about the Rockets this season has been their unpredictability. With the current roster healthy, Houston has the potential to be right in the mix when it comes to contending for an NBA title. One problem is the roster hasn’t been fully healthy for the majority of the season.
Only eight players have been getting enough minutes to be considered in our power rankings of the Rockets to this point in the season. As you’ll see with number eight on our rankings, health has played a factor in the performances of some of Houston’s personnel through 25 games.
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