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Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 8

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The Rockets went 2-1 for the week (Monday-Sunday), beating the Bulls and Pistons while getting embarrassed by the Pacers. This week’s average rank for these publications is 7.83 while last week it was 7. 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 – 8

James Harden remains hobbled and Omer Asik is still a Rocket, so all is not well. But it’s not exactly dire, either, when Houston sports the league’s seventh-best nightly point differential (+4.3) and when Dwight Howard is putting up 21 and 14 in December compared to 17 and 12 previously.

 

CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 5

They were a fun, scary team last year. Now they’re just kind of a good team.

 

Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 7

Dwight Howard has had a strong December, including the 35 points and 19 rebounds he totaled in a win at Detroit on Saturday.

 

NBA.com (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 8

Houston (18-10)
Pace: 99.0 (6), OffRtg: 107.2 (3), DefRtg: 101.3 (9), NetRtg: +5.9 (7)
Patrick Beverley – out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand suffered Saturday in Detroit – is Houston’s latest injury victim. Dwight Howard is the only Rocket to have played in every game, so it was nice that he was able to dominate the Pistons’ frontline to the tune of 35 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. It would be nicer if Houston had a healthy James Harden for this week’s run through the Southwest Division.
This week: vs. DAL, @ SAS, vs. MEM, vs. NOP

 

USA Today (combination of writers)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 6

Dwight Howard averages 9.5 shot attempts in wins and 13.7 in losses.

 

ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)

Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 8

Santa needs to bring this team some consistency — they look pedestrian getting drilled by the Pacers, then bounce back with one of their best games of the season against Detroit (with Dwight Howard dominating Andre Drummond). Been like that all season. Houston will miss Patrick Beverly.

 

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