Rockets' Confounding Season of Ups and Downs Continues with a 45-Point Win in Utah
For all their inconsistency this season, there is a certain amount of relative consistency to the Rockets season. Whenever they lose a few, they come back and win a few, or vice versa. The league's youngest team will struggle to shoot with any consistency and turn the ball over like playground ballers and come back with the kind of precision that makes them one of the NBA's best offenses. Just look at their back-to-back streaks this season:
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Won 2 - Lost 3
Lost 3 - Won 3
Won 2 - Lost 3 - Won 2
Won 5 - Lost 2 - Won 5 - Lost 7
That last losing streak ended last week and after a loss to Denver, they are back on track with another streak of three straight wins including a drubbing of the Utah Jazz by 45. This was on the Jazz home floor where they have been outstanding this year and most recently won six straight.
One reason for the recent trip back into the win column is Houston's only All Star selection, James Harden. Harden, who had 25 on Monday night, has broken out of his slump scoring 28 points per game in the last three. He had been going through a rough shooting patch that coincided with the seven-game losing stretch.
The team is ranked near the top of the league in multiple offensive statistical categories making them both dangerous and wildly unpredictable. Stabilizing the defense must be the priority of the team moving forward if they are to even consider a run at the playoffs. They are sitting at the eighth spot at the moment, but teams like the woeful Lakers and Mavericks are right behind them and the playoff jostling has yet to get into full gear.
Five of their next eight games are on the road and feature match ups with Denver, Miami, the surprising Golden State and the LA Clippers.They'll also host the Warriors and Portland before the All Star break. Don't be surprised if the streaks, both losing and winning, continue.