Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 5


The Rockets had a perfect 4-0 record this past week, beating the Grizzlies, Hawks, Nets, and Spurs (Monday-Sunday). Last week the average rank for these publications was 7.83, and this week it’s 6. 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 – 6 | Last Week – 8

The three-game break imposed on James Harden couldn’t have gone much better. Houston swept all three without him and then welcomed back a fresher and more team-oriented Harden. Seeing his teammates succeed while he rested that persistently sore left foot clearly had an impact.

 

CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 10

I don’t want to ruin the narrative, but Dwight Howard’s playing really amazing the past week or so and the Rockets are starting to figure out how to shift gears.

 

Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 7

The Rockets earned a big confidence-building win when they handed San Antonio its first home loss of the season on Saturday.

 

NBA.com (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 5 | Last Week – 7

Houston (13-5)
Pace: 99.3 (5), OffRtg: 109.3 (2), DefRtg: 100.7 (9), NetRtg: +8.6 (4)
The Rockets have won eight of their last nine games, a run capped by Saturday’s win in San Antonio, their second fourth-quarter comeback on the road in the last week. The injuries are piling up (Jeremy Lin is out at least two weeks and Chandler Parsons is dealing with back spasms), but their defense has been better, having held each of their last four opponents under a point per possession.
This week: @ UTA, vs. PHX, vs. GSW, vs. ORL


 

USA Today (Combination of writers)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 7

Omer Asik might want to reconsider future trade requests as his minutes plummet.

 

ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 8

Good teams win despite injuries, and the Rockets have done it with Jeremy Linand James Harden missing time. The Rockets offense is still elite but a better sign for Houston fans is the defense has improved recently.

 

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