Rockets final month stock watch: 4 risers, 3 fallers

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The 2023-24 season hasn't quite been what the Houston Rockets hoped for, as they sought to be one of the better teams in the Western Conference, assuming full health. However, they've been hit pretty hard by the injury bug, forcing them to play without Alperen Sengun, Dillon Brooks, Amen Thompson, Fred VanVleet, Tari Eason, and Cam Whitmore. 

Eason's injury turned out to be a season-ending one, although he played through it quite extensively, which was a real head-scratcher.

Sengun had a scary fall in the Rockets' convincing victory over the Sacramento Kings, striking fear in the hearts of Houston sports fans. The injury will surely keep him out for the rest of the season, but the Rockets dodged a major bullet, as he didn't suffer a tear or break, meaning he won't need surgery. 

Several Rockets players to keep an eye on down the stretch

The Rockets have been on a tear of late, as they've won six of their last seven games and four in a row (although the Clippers loss was difficult to accept, because they easily could've won).

The Rockets sit 31-35 with 16 games remaining, while having the 14th-easiest schedule for the rest of the way.

And although the Rockets were 6.5 games back of the 10th and final spot of the play-in tournament, they’ve climbed back in the race and trimmed it to just 3.5 games back. In other words, they’re still alive, although they’ll need the Los Angeles Lakers and/or Golden State Warriors to take a nosedive.

With this being said, let’s take a look at which players have been gaining momentum and which players that have been fading.