Jan 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills (8) during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 14

The Houston Rockets went 3-0 for the week (last Monday-Sunday), beating the Spurs, Mavericks, and Cavaliers. This week’s average rank for these publications is 7.57 , while last week it was 9.3. 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 – 7 | Last Week – 9

The first triple-double from a Rockets reserve since Cedric Maxwell in March 1988, courtesy of Jeremy Lin, was only the week’s second-biggest development in Houston. The biggest: Dwight Howard’s quality free throw shooting against the Spurs’ and Mavs’ latest Hack-A-Dwight tactics.

 

CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 11 | Last Week – 13

I love how they’re playing without James Harden, which is probably a bad sign.

 

Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 7

The only two losses the Rockets have had in their past eight games were against Memphis. Houston had a 10-4 record in January.

 

NBA.com (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 9

Houston (32-17) Pace: 97.9 (7), OffRtg: 107.4 (7), DefRtg: 102.2 (10), NetRtg: +5.2 (6) Dwight Howard looks like a Defensive Player of the Year winner again. The Rockets have ranked fifth defensively over the last four weeks, allowing 96.5 points per 100 possessions with Howard on the floor and 109.6 with him on the bench. If Omer Asik gets healthy to help that second number, we might see some consistency from a team that hasn’t won more than three straight games since November. This week: vs. PHX, @ MIL

 

Sports Illustrated (Matt Dollinger)

Ranked – 5 | Last Week – 7

How critical is Patrick Beverley to the Rockets’ success? The defensive menace leads the team in net rating (8.8), besting some guys named James Harden (7.4) and Dwight Howard (6.0).

 

USA Today (combination of writers)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 9

Dust off those “Linsanity” shirts: Jeremy Lin had the first triple-double of his career Saturday.

 

ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)

Ranked – 9 | Last Week – 9

James Harden was named an All-Star Game reserve by a vote of the coaches, as expected. With Scott Brooks as the West’s coach for the exhibition game expect him to name his former player Harden as the starter in place of Kobe Bryant.

 

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