Rockets at Midseason: The Grades Are In
With the All-Star break on us, it seems logical to talk about where our local NBA team stands at the season's figurative midpoint. I say "figurative" because the Rockets passed their actual midpoint in January at which point they were 21-20 coming off the last game of a season-long seven-game losing streak. Since that loss to Minnesota, they've gone a very respectable 8-6.
Photo by Groovehouse Coach Kevin McHale has had a lot to smile about this year.
At the beginning of the season, I told a friend of mine I'd be surprised if the Rockets won 40 games this year. I imagined, with this young roster and even with the addition of James Harden, I would expect them to be at around 36 wins when the 2012-13 season came to a close. At this point, they would have to go 7-20 to make that prediction come true and that seems highly unlikely.
With the massive overhaul to the roster and the complete youth movement, it's remarkable they are this good, holding fast in that eighth playoff spot in the seriously deep Western Conference. Here's how I see them so far, noting that the grades are certainly tempered by my original expectations.