Houston Rockets: Not Worthy of NBA Finals Talk

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Mar 24, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Houston Rockets center forward Dwight Howard (12) in a time out during the second half of the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Rockets win 100-89. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Sure, the Houston Rockets have put together a solid 48-22 record, with a 28-7 home mark and have a solid hold on the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. They’ve been getting a lot of press as a potential NBA Finals candidate, with a dominant big man (Dwight Howard) and a superstar guard (James Harden). But, things aren’t always as they seem. Are the Rockets as good as advertised?

They’ve been crushing the patsies of the league and haven’t performed that well against the teams that lurk ahead of them in the standings. There’s no real way to get away from running into them in the playoffs, so how can we think of the Rockets as a potential NBA Finals team?

Could they get lucky and avoid the likes of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers? Sure. I could win the lottery, too. I’m not holding my breath — neither should the Rockets’ faithful.

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  • derek

    Who are the top 7 teams that, besides the Spurs, the Rockets can’t beat? You mention the Clippers and Thunder but who else? They have proven themselves against the Heat, Pacers and as you said the Spurs. Your last line is a bit dramatic.

  • Nick Nash

    The Rockets are 3-0 against the Spurs this season…Just saying!

  • http://hopevictorypublishing.com Freedomcry

    I applaud you for being so forthright in your assessment. The only thing that’s missing is that you’re not betting the farm. So you’re a smart man. Also, provocation is an honorable gift, in my opinion. All things considered according to the law of motion, things do progress and change–some quicker than others. A true Rocket’s fan probably wishes for this. Also, one should never discount the heart of a (potential) champion. Sure, the Clippers won and so has Oklahoma, thus far, but according to the law of analytics, what goes up, must come down. The question is how and when, sooner or will it be later?

  • Derrick Lee

    So does this mean spurs don’t stand a chance because try are likely to face the rockets down the road. Clippers are going to have to face memphis some time so guess they are out of the picture.