The Houston Rockets, led by MVP Candidate James Harden, finished tied with the 2nd best record in the Western Conference (owned the tiebreaker against the Los Angeles Clippers) at 56-26. They were to face the 7th seeded Dallas Mavericks in the 1st round.
Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons was hurt in the first game and missed the rest of the series. The Mavericks were defeated 4-1 and the Rockets advanced.
Next up for the Houston Rockets was the Los Angeles Clippers. Game 1 belonged to the Clippers, 117-101. The Rockets answered in Game 2, 115-109. Game 3 and 4 belonged to the Los Angeles Clippers as they won 124-99 and 128-95. Clippers were up 3-1 and the Rockets got blown out the past two games and were looking like elimination was imminent. The Clippers blew it and the Rockets were able to win the next three games, 124-103, 119-107, and 113-100, and won the series 4-3 to advance to the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
The Rockets put up a fight in a couple of the games but were only able to win one game against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won the series 4-1 and advance to the NBA Finals. The biggest problem for the Houston Rockets was the point guard position. Patrick Beverley is a pretty decent point guard but he should not be a starter. The Rockets hopefully addressed their issue this off-season when they traded for Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson. If Lawson can get his life back together and get back to being the old Lawson on the court, the Rockets greatly improved. They drafted Sam Dekker out of Wisconsin and Montrezl Harrell out of Louisville. They signed veteran guard Marcus Thornton as well. Their biggest loss was power forward Josh Smith but another year of development from both Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones can make up for what was lost with Smith’s departure.
As long as Ty Lawson goes back to being old Ty Lawson, I give this team a trending upwards. I have them ranked #4 coming into the season.