Houston Rockets: It’s Called A Win Streak!


The Houston Rockets are winners of four-in-a-row!

Two, three, four…that’s officially a win streak folks!

Wow, just one week ago, we were worried about the Rockets 0-3 start and wondering if they’d ever climb their way back in the respectable realm once again.

It looks like the crisis has been averted but they’re not quite out of the woods yet.

They still need to fine-tune their defense, shoot the ball a bit better and cut down the turnovers.

This is certainly the mantra that I echoed last season as well but it also rings true for this 2015-16 campaign.

Last night, the Rockets pulled out the most impressive win of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers where it was a full grind-out for 48 minutes.

The team would fall behind but they’d always be persistent enough to stay in the game and not get too far behind.

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Sure, one could say that the Clips didn’t have Chris Paul but quite honestly, the team is still quite talented without him.

It’s just that the offense may not flow as smoothly without him as Austin Rivers has some talent but nowhere near the level that CP3 has.

But the Rockets ultimately got the job done down the stretch with Ty Lawson and James Harden sinking their free throws down the stretch to put the Rockets up for good 109-105.

This team has a new identity because last season was heavily-revolved around the three-point shot.

But with the Rockets nailing just 29.1 percent of their three-pointers this season as a team — good for 26th in the league — they’re finding other ways to put the ball in the hoop and still win.

They’re ranked 10th in the league in scoring as they are now averaging 102.9 points per game.

But have they moved the needle in offensive/defensive efficiency?

The answer to that question is yes and no.

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Although it’s quite apparent they’ve got the once sputtering offense going — they’ve risen to 15th in the league, averaging 99.6 points per 100 possessions — their defensive efficiency is still holding at 25th, with the team giving up 106 points per 100 possessions.

They’ll continue to work on that as the season progresses but I’m just happy right now that this team is winning and that they beat a formidable opponent.

You should be proud of this team but yet expect more down the road.

The Beard lead the team in scoring last night by dropping 46 points, including shooting 14-for-26 from the field, 5-for-10 from three, and 13-of-14 from the free throw line overshadowing the seven turnovers he had.

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Dwight Howard had 20 points, 20 rebounds while Marcus Thornton still contributes heavily throwing 16 points of his own.

Blake Griffin lead the charge for the Clips with 35 points.

The Rox now have four days off before taking on the Brooklyn Nets at home Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Let’s hope they can regroup and figure this defensive scheme out.

Go Rockets.