We're back. This is a weekly column to track the Houston Rockets standing in POWER RANKINGS across the NBA.
Job Listing: The National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets are seeking a professional trombone player. Position requires the musician to attend all home and away games. The ideal candidate would sit courtside in the final minutes of each game with their instrument. When the Houston Rockets drop another contest to an inferior opponent the selected candidate would be expected to play a cartoon or sitcom style WOMP WOMP noise at a level audible to all Rockets fans.
If no suitable musicians can be found, the organization would like a Nelson Muntz impersonator capable of bellowing "HA HA" while pointing at every Rockets fans within a reasonable distance.
If the team doesn't hire such an individual, the fans might.
In the last two weeks the Houston Rockets have won contests against the L.A. Clippers and San Antonio Spurs while suffering defeats to the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. It's a win and loss composition leaving fans, analysts, opponents and even Jason Terry wondering what the hell is going on.
The Rockets brackish season has delivered a win percentage of .500 and a 7th place playoff seeding in the Western Conference through 32 games. The league took notice when the Rockets surprised the Spurs on Christmas Day, a dramatic win showcasing the Rockets defense and a heroic second half performance from James Harden.
Beating the Spurs is a victory the league expected out of the Rockets last season, now it's an inexplicable blip wiped away by a loss to the recovering but still feeble New Orleans Pelicans.
The result... An absolute crapshoot from the NBA POWER RANKINGS:
One Week Change
Two Week Change
There is no trend. CBS Sports used wins over the Spurs and Clippers to justify a hike of eight places and a startling 9th place ranking. NBA.com dropped the Rockets after losses to the Nuggets and Kings, then gave them some dap after beating the Clippers and Spurs.
ESPN and SI largely held steady. On the whole the Rockets are 6-4 over their last ten and have gained ground from the last set of POWER RANKINGS by moving to .500 on the season.
L.A. Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls, all four of these teams have higher win percentages and better records than the Houston Rockets. Yet ESPN and CBS have dropped them below the Rockets, despite the fact the Grizzlies and Magic have handed the Rockets a loss in the last month.
The most realistic way to view the Houston Rockets current standing is win percentage, where the team stands at 17th in the NBA:
*This symbol means these are Eastern Conference Teams with better records than the Houston Rockets who are on the outside of the playoff picture.
For years the Houston Rocket bemoaned the disparity between Eastern and Western Conferences. Where a Rockets team with a winning record failed to make the Western Conference playoffs and losing teams won spots in the Eastern Conference.
This sentiment is dissipating fast as the Rockets are currently benefactors of the conference split. Showcased by the teams with better win percentages than the Houston Rockets: Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons.
Meanwhile the Rockets are poised to move up the Southewest Division rankings if they hit a stride, but are guaranteed not to hoist a Divison banner to the Toyota Center rafters this year. If not for the Houston Rockets the San Antonio Spurs would be undefeated in their last 10 games.
|San Antonio Spurs||27-6||0||9-1|
|New Orleans Pelicans||10-21||16||5-5|