Houston Rockets: How the team can still snag the No. 2 playoff seed

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela and guard James Harden (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets center Clint Capela and guard James Harden (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets were not able to take advantage of a unique opportunity but they still have a chance to secure the No. 2 seed. How? Let’s take a look.

Houston Rockets fans — that’s it, it’s over, the curtain has finally dropped on the 2018-19 season.  After an awful start to the season, the team got it together in mid-December and never looked back after that.

Chris Paul had started out the season injured and acquisitions such as James Ennis, Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss didn’t quite work out as expected.   The latter three struggled to stay on the court as the injury bug bit them big time.

Ultimately, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was able to flip them for future draft pick considerations which could come in handy in the near future.

Luckily, although the Houston Rockets have their eye in the future, their thoughts are more in the now and they’re trying to win a championship as James Harden is in his prime and CP3 teetering toward the edge of the twilight of his career.

The Houston Rockets did a terrific job in keeping CP3 healthy down the stretch and he seems primed to make a notable postseason run.  We all know that if he hadn’t gotten injured in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, the conversation of the Houston Rockets being the 2018 NBA Champions would’ve been a serious notion.

But hopes are pinned on the Houston Rockets being able to do some damage in the playoffs and

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contending for the title.  They are the team with the best chance to topple over the Golden State Warriors.  The Houston Rockets were the only team the Warriors didn’t have success against as the team won the season series quite handily 3-1.

Knowing that gives me the confidence that our beloved hometown is going to give the Warriors the business if given the opportunity.  And that’s definitely going to happen.

But anyway, although the Houston Rockets have closed out the season with a 112-111 loss in a thriller of a finale against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they have an opportunity to still get the No. 2 seed and not have to lift a finger.

There’s only half a game separating the Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets, who are currently the No. 2 seed but if they lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight, the Rockets will be able to leapfrog the Nuggets.

Why?  Because the Rockets won the season series 3-1 and the head-to-head record is the first variable to determine a tiebreaker, which would be certainly the case if the Nugs lost.  Both teams would be 53-29 and playoff fate would be sealed with attaining the highest seed possible.

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It’s likely the team will hold at the No. 3 seed — which would likely entail a first-round matchup against the Thunder — but it’s certainly some food for thought.

Will it happen?  Let’s scoreboard watch tonight and see what happens.  Let’s go!