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Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 6

The Rockets went .500 for the week, beating the Warriors and Magic while loosing to the Jazz and Suns (Monday-Sunday). This week the average rank for these publications is 5.67 while last week it was 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 – 5 | Last Week – 6

The sense I get, as noted in this Stein Line Live post, is that neither Houston nor Portland is very interested in exploring an Omer Asik trade at the moment. But the Rockets visit the Blazers on Thursday … so brace yourself for a fresh round of Asik-for-Robin Lopez speculation regardless.


CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 5 | Last Week – 6

Oh, hey, look who woke up and decided to start destroying entire cities in their wake. Glad y’all could join us.


Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 7

The Rockets have a tough upcoming three-game road trip with Portland and Golden State on back-to-back nights and then Sacramento (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 5

Houston (15-7)
Pace: 99.0 (4), OffRtg: 107.8 (3), DefRtg: 100.0 (8), NetRtg: +7.8 (4)
James Harden was a victim of some brutal blow-bys earlier in the week (see here andhere, for example), but has since vowed to actually try on defense. And the Rockets’ D was so good in wins against the Warriors and Magic over the weekend that it didn’t matter that their bench shot 2-for-21 from 3-point range. Of course, that kind of shooting might provide more motivation to get something for Omer Asik.
This week: @ POR, @ GSW, @ SAC


USA Today (Combination of writers)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 6

Dwight Howard turned 28 Sunday. Let that sink in for a minute.


ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 6

On paper the Rockets look strong — elite offense and the fourth best net rating of points per possession in the league — but then you watch them play and they don’t pass the eye test at the same level. There is a lack of consistency night to night, which led Dwight Howard expressing frustration.


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