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On July 31 the Houston Rockets will restart the season against their arch intrastate rival Dallas Mavericks in Orlando as the third choice to win the Western Conference. They will also restart the campaign as a gambling entity that is considered to be half of a team. Of course, SG James Harden is well on his way to a third consecutive NBA scoring championship after already making his eighth consecutive All-Star appearance. Harden and PG Russell Westbrook trigger the NBA’s second highest scoring offense. Problematic is a defense ranked 22nd in the Association for points allowed. That, ultimately, is what makes them difficult to take seriously as a true NBA championship threat.

We may not get the chance to see the Houston Rockets small-ball approach in games that matter the most. With the league suspended due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, the Rockets quest, along with every other team’s, for a championship will have to wait “until further notice.” The results were mixed since the club ditched the conventional lineup and went without a true post player. They won four straight, lost two, won six in a row then lost four consecutive games. They got back in the win column by beating Minnesota in the final game before the games were suspended putting them at 40-24 tied with OKC for fifth in the Western Conference standings.

Houston Rockets at a Glance

NBA Championship Odds: +1400 (Aug 16)

Western Conference Odds: +675 (Aug 16)

Playoffs Series Prices

Oklahoma City Thunder +137

Houston Rockets -153

Playoff Preview

Anything less than a trip to the Western Conference Finals would be a disappointment for the Houston Rockets this season. Houston went all-in by dealing Chris Capela in a four-team deal for Robert Covington, and they will look to shoot their opponents out of the gym throughout the playoffs. The Rockets are averaging 45.3 threes per game, and they took 54 treys in their last three games, so it’s clear that they have no intention of changing their strategy.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined to average more than 60 PPG during the season. This offense revolves around them more than any other team relies on a duo, and you will see the ball in either Westbrook’s or Harden’s hands 80 percent of the time for Houston.

The Rockets won’t have an easy first-round match-up as they must overcome the Oklahoma City Thunder. A loss would be disastrous given the Westbrook-CP3 trade last offseason, and that could lead to owner Tilman Fertitta cleaning house. Houston dropped its last two games against OKC this season, so Rockets fans have to be nervous entering this series.

Season Review

The Rockets boast two of the most prolific offensive players in the game in former MVP’s James Harden and Russell Westbrook. They also have a cutting-edge coach in Mike D’Antoni. Combine them and the Rockets are on the verge of revolutionizing the game again. It happened a few years ago when D’Antoni gave Harden and the rest of his club the green light to shoot threes. They’ve led the league by a wide margin in three-point attempts every year since. Advanced analytics say the three-pointer is a better shot.

It’s worked for the Rockets, at least in the regular season. They won at least 53 games in each of the first three seasons under D’Antoni with Harden putting up outrageous numbers that allowed him to win the MVP award in 2017-18. It hasn’t gotten them to the NBA Finals though, falling to the Warriors twice in the last three postseasons.

When you have assets it’s best to take advantage of them. The Rockets acquired Westbrook during the offseason as part of a deal that sent Chris Paul to Oklahoma City. Many wondered how the situation would work with two ball-dominant alphas on the same team. D’Antoni devised a plan to take advantage of the predicament. In theory the scheme is brilliant. Eliminate a post player that clogs the middle and open the floor for shooters and drives to the hoop. No one shoots the triple more than Harden and no one attacks the rack better than Russ. Of course, both players have to play at a high level for the plan to be successful.

During their four-game losing streak the three-ball wasn’t falling. The Rockets were 20 of 56 against the Knicks, 7 of 42 against the Clippers, 15 of 45 against Charlotte and just 9 of 32 in a loss to Orlando. D’Antoni suggested his team lost confidence in the system. “We’re second guessing ourselves a lot of times. There’s no swagger, we’re passing up threes, we’re driving in because we missed so many threes. We need to take the threes. Even if we miss it so be it, but we need to play the way we play.”

Houston Rockets Seasons (2000)

2019-20 44-28 TBD
2018-19 53-29 Lost Second Round
2017-18 65-17 Lost Western Conference Finals
2016-17 55-27 Lost Second Round
2015-16 41-41 Lost First Round
2014-15 56-26 Lost Western Conference inals
2013-14 54-28 Lost First Round
2012-13 45-37 Lost First Round
2011-12 34-32 -
2010-11 43-39 -
2009-10 42-40 -
2008-09 53-29 Lost Second Round
2007-08 55-27 Lost First Round
2006-07 52-30 Lost First Round
2005-06 34-48 -
2004-05 51-31 Lost First Round
2003-04 45-37 Lost First Round
2002-03 43-39 -
2001-02 28-54 -
2000-01 45-37 -
1999-00 34-48 -
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