The Houston Rockets are certainly primed for a deep playoff run after the way they’ve been playing lately. What’s going on? Let’s take a dive into it.
The Houston Rockets have been on an excellent tear as of late. It has been truly a blessing to watch how far this team has come, considering that it was a struggle just to stay above the .500 mark earlier this season.
Last night’s 135-103 shellacking of the Los Angeles Clippers certainly made a statement that indicates that the road to the Western Conference title will come through Houston and that’s certainly an uplifting notion.
For the first time in eons, the Houston Rockets had a full, healthy staff on hand to do battle with their opponent and it turned out to be a doozy for the Clippers.
They were absolutely powerless against the Houston Rockets. The front line of Clint Capela, Kenneth Faried and Nene Hilario were stout and the three-point shooting was exactly where it needed to be. Chris Paul‘s 29 points and seven assists seemed to be the icing on the cake, where all signs are pointing to him being ready for launch when the postseason starts.
The Houston Rockets have paid attention to his workload and it’s certainly benefiting this season within the second time around. James Harden only had to score 31 points in this Houston Rockets win. He also chipped in seven assists and seven rebounds along with shooting 5-for-8 from behind-the-arc in the team’s incredible win last night.
Danuel House, arguably the missing piece to the team’s championship puzzle, was sensational
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and embodied every bit of the sterling reputation of him being a two-way player. He finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists along with going a perfect 3-for-3 from the three-point line.
Did I mention Capela had 24 points, 15 rebounds and one block? There was just so much to like from this game but it doesn’t stop there.
Let’s take a look at some eye-popping numbers about this team as of late.
Here are some important bullet points:
- The Clippers are 2nd in the NBA in terms of opponent’s three-point percentage (33.9%) and the Houston Rockets were able to shoot 47.4 percent last night.
- The Rockets have the third-best defensive rating (105.7) since the All-Star Break, this is something they’ve struggled with most of the season but it seems that their defensive prowess is starting to rear the ugly teeth that it had of all of last season. Assistant coach/defensive coordinator Jeff Bzdelik has been hard at work!
- The Rockets also possess the best record since the All-Star Break with a 17-4 record. They’ve won a remarkable 81 percent of their games, which is certainly an honorable mention within itself.
With the Rockets locking up the Southwest Division in a quiet manner just a few days ago, this team is ready to ultimately charge toward the task at hand — dethroning the Golden State Warriors and ascending to the top. It won’t be an easy road but I’m prepared to take the trip with this team.
Are you prepared? Let’s roll! Go Houston Rockets!