Feb 5, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) hands his sleeves to a Rockets fans as he leaves the court after the game against the Phoenix Suns at the Toyota Center. Howard leads his team with 34 points and 14 rebounds. The Rockets defeated the Suns 122-108. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 15


The Houston Rockets went 2-0 for the week (last Monday-Sunday), beating the Suns and Bucks. This week’s average rank for these publications is 5.14, while last week it was 7.57. 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 – 7

Not too many problems in Houston at the minute. Dwight Howard is averaging 26.2 PPG and 10.8 RPG during the Rockets’ five-game win streak. They’re up to 12 straight wins when Dwight scores at least 20. And they’ve quietly welcomed Omer Asik back to the lineup after a 31-game exile.

 

CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 11

I have credited them with some good play this week so they will now have three horrible losses. Sorry, Rockets fans.

 

Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 7

The Rockets can set a season-high six-game win streak by beating Minnesota on Monday. Houston is averaging 108.6 points the past five games.

 

NBA.com (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 3 | Last Week – 7

Houston (34-17)
Pace: 98.0 (7), OffRtg: 107.6 (6), DefRtg: 102.2 (10), NetRtg: +5.4 (6)
The Rockets’ five-game winning streak has included wins over the Spurs, Mavs and Suns. They’re now 12-10 against the other eight West teams over .500 and only the Thunder have been better in games within that group. Dwight Howard (26.2) and James Harden (24.3) have combined to average over 50 points per game over the streak and Jeremy Lin has provided some punch off the bench.
This week: @ MIN, vs. WAS

 

Sports Illustrated (Matt Dollinger)

Ranked – 4 | Last Week – 5

If the Rockets beat Minnesota and Washington this week, they would enter the All-Star break on a seven-game winning streak. They’ll be even happier if Omer Asik continues to impress off the bench ahead of the Feb. 20 trade deadline. The big man pulled down five rebounds in 11 minutes in Saturday’s win over Milwaukee.

 

USA Today (combination of writers)

Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 7

What back issue? Dwight Howard is the only Rocket to play every game.

 

ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)

Ranked – 4 | Last Week – 9

Winners of five in a row, and that includes victories over the Spurs and Suns. The real fuel of the run is an offense scoring 112.1 points per 100 possessions (third best in the NBA for that stretch) thanks to Dwight Howard and James Harden going on scoring streaks.

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