The Houston Rockets went 0-3 for the week (last Monday-Sunday), losing to the Thunder, Bulls, and Heat. This week’s average rank for these publications is 6.25, while last week it was 2.35. 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 – 4 | Last Week – 1
It was the shortest of stays at No. 1, as feared, in the face of those three rough road assignments. The Rockets, though, can take a measure of solace from the fact that there are just six teams in the whole league with winning records against .500-or-better teams. And they’re one of ‘em.
CBS Sports (Matt Moore)
Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 2
They looked invincible until they hit this string of top teams. It was like a match stick burning out.
The Rockets are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, which quickly cooled their threat of advancing to one of West’s top two spots.
NBA.com (John Schuhmann)
Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 2
Pace: 98.1 (9), OffRtg: 107.9 (6), DefRtg: 102.6 (10), NetRtg: +5.2 (6)
Patrick Beverley should worry less about getting under his opponent’s skin and more about putting the ball in the basket. Offense hasn’t really been the problem for Houston, but Beverley has made just two of his last 20 3-point attempts. The Rockets have lost three straight (for the first time this season), but their schedule eases up this week. They haven’t lost to a team currently under .500 since Jan. 10.
This week: vs. UTA, vs. MIN, @ CLE
Sports Illustrated (Matt Dollinger)
Ranked – 6 | Last Week – 3
The Rockets have come back to earth after losing a season-high three straight games and being held below their scoring average each time. All three defeats came against playoff teams on the road, but that isn’t a very good defense when you’re aiming to be a title contender.
USA Today (combination of writers)
Ranked – 5 | Last Week – 5
Cutting down on turnovers, which they cough up at the second-highest rate in the NBA.
ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)
Ranked – 7 | Last Week – 3
Rough week with losses on the road to the Heat, Thunder and Bulls, but this season the schedule lightens up (Jazz, Timberwolves, Cavaliers) and Houston has done a good job this season of beating the teams they are supposed to. I wonder if the Rockets will move to upgrade the point guard position this offseason.
Basketball Insiders (Moke Hamilton)
Ranked – 8 | Last Week – 1
It was nice while it lasted. An 0-fee on last week’s 3 game trip at the Thunder, Bulls and HEAT means that we simply cannot designate the Rockets as our top team for the second consecutive week, even if we still expect them to be a tough out come playoff time. Hopefully, the 21-7 run that the HEAT rode to victory on Sunday won’t be the norm. Last Week: 0-3.
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