Nov 20, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) celebrates with team mates as he heads to the bench during a timeout out from the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 4

The Rockets won two of three this past week (Monday-Sunday). Last week the average rank for these publications was 9.67, and this week it’s 7.83. Since these power rankings come out throughout the day on Monday, our national power rankings post will come out early Tuesday every week.


Note: National power rankings don’t take into account any of Monday’s NBA action


ESPN (Marc Stein)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 10

Wise move by the Rockets to grant James Harden some rest to deal with foot pain that’s been bugging him since mid-October. Trickier to tackle when Harden gets back: Making sure Chandler Parsons, such a dangerous passer, sees enough of the ball as the Rockets’ third option behind The Beard and Dwight.


CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 10 | Last Week – 11

How can one team be so good when it sticks to what it does well, yet not stick to it so persistently? This team beats itself more consistently than do opponents.


Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 9

James Harden, who averages a team-best 24.2 points, is expected to miss his third straight game with a sore foot on Monday against Memphis. (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 10

Houston (9-5)
Pace: 100.1 (5), OffRtg: 108.3 (3), DefRtg: 102.1 (14), NetRtg: +6.2 (5)
Defense is still an issue, but the Rockets seem to have found their power forward. Terrence Jones has averaged 15.0 points on 59 percent shooting (7-for-13 from 3-point range) in his six games as a starter. Houston has scored 114 points per 100 possessions in the six games, but just one of the six was against a top-10 defense. They’ll face some big frontlines over the next several games.
This week: @ MEM, vs. ATL, vs. BKN


USA Today (Combination of writers)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 9

Dwight Howard is happy. Magic fans can tell you how important that is.


ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Hulin)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 9

Terrence Jones has shown he deserves to be the starting power forward on this team — he has averaged 15 points on 59 percent shooting as a starter. The Rockets the fourth best point differential in the NBA, +6.2 per 100 possessions. That’s a good sign they are for real.


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