ANNOUNCEMENT: Regularly Scheduled Gamethread Service Resumes December 20th, 2014 for ALL PASSENGERS -
As crazy as it sounds, the Hawks might be as easy as the schedule gets until basically the New Year. After losing to the Pellies on Thursday, the Rockets face the Hawks tonight, the Blazers on Monday, and then the Grizzlies, Spurs and Wizards in a span of four days before the woebegone Hornets on Dec. 31.
That's an awful stretch, and not exactly ideal when you're integrating new rotation pieces. Since the Nuggets aren't very good, I'm counting Thursday night's Pelicans game as the beginning of this stretch of tough opponents. So they're 0-1 in a six-game stretch.
I think best-case scenario for the Rockets is finishing 4-2. They can obviously beat any of these teams, but asking them to run the table in the next five games is a little much. If the Rockets come out of this stretch 24-6, it'll be time to say the Rockets are the best team of the year in the early going.