Feb 26, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) posts up on Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) during the third quarter at Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 101-93. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 18

The Houston Rockets went 2-1 for the week (last Monday-Sunday), beating the Kings and the Pistons, while losing to the Clippers. This week’s average rank for these publications is 5.38, while last week it was 3.5. 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 – 4

It has come to our attention, in the wake of the annual Sloan Conference in Boston conceived by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, that the math was actually rather basic for Team Analytics in February. Houston was 8-0 when it scored at least 100 points and 0-2 when it fell short of triple digits.

 

CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 4 | Last Week – 3

They can hang against a heavyweight but it’s still not clear if they can actually take one down.

 

Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 4 | Last Week – 4

The Rockets face the elite of the Eastern Conference at home this week when they meet Miami on Tuesday and Indiana on Friday.

 

NBA.com (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 5 | Last Week – 2

Houston (40-19)
Pace: 98.4 (6), OffRtg: 108.0 (5), DefRtg: 102.2 (10), NetRtg: +5.8 (6)
The Jordan Hamilton trade seemed minor, but the third-year forward has already found a spot in the Rockets’ rotation, averaged 13.7 points (hitting seven threes) in three games last week, and started Saturday’s win over Detroit with Chandler Parsons under the weather. Can Hamilton defend? Houston plays four games against LeBron James, Paul George and Kevin Durant in the next two weeks. 
This week: vs. MIA, @ ORL, vs. IND, vs. POR

 

Sports Illustrated (Matt Dollinger)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 4

The Rockets have a top-10 defense that has been getting better, as Rob Mahoney noted. But make no mistake: This is a team that heavily relies on its offense. With last week’s 101-93 loss to the Clippers, Houston dropped to 4-12 when scoring fewer than 100 points.

 

USA Today (combination of writers)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 5

Their 19-6 record in 2014 is the best in the league.

 

ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 5

In their last five games the Rockets have lost to the Warriors and Clippers, beaten the Suns. On the schedule this week is Miami, Indiana and Portland (and at Orlando, where Howard remains infamous). Next week it’s the Thunder. Bulls and Heat again. We’re about to see just how good Houston really is right now.

 

Basketball Insiders (Moke Hamilton)

Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 3

James Harden’s 43-point effort in Tuesday’s 118-110 win over the Kings helped the Rockets win two of three last week and helped Harden earn Player of the Week honors. His 27 points and 7.7 assists per game last week was just a reminder that when he plays at a high-level, the Rockets are super tough to beat. Last Week: 2-1.

 

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