The Rockets are 29-20 on the season, good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings. General manager Daryl Morey has already made two great acquisitions this season in combo guard Austin Rivers and power forward Kenneth Faried.
#Rockets owner @TilmanJFertitta: "I'll be honest with u, I feel great about the team.U have to understand we're still missing Clint & Chris was able to play only 24 minutes last night & made such a huge difference.If we're healthy in the playoffs we're going to be very dangerous" pic.twitter.com/OvWdiDbkt3
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 28, 2019
Houston got off to a slow start this season and everyone around the league was projecting the Rockets to miss the playoffs. What the pundits didn't know was that reigning MVP James Harden was going to go on a scoring rampage to propel the team back into the playoff race.
The Rockets went to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals last season versus the Golden State Warriors and probably would have advanced to the NBA Finals had Chris Paul not hurt his hamstring in Game 5. After adding Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, Houston's front office thought they were better equipped this season.
The Anthony experiment, though, didn't work out and it lasted only 10 games. When Paul hurt his hamstring on Dec. 20 against the Miami Heat, the experts thought the Rockets were going to free fall. Harden, though, had other ideas and the addition of Rivers has been huge.
Now, with Paul back in the fold, Houston thinks it has a great chance at winning the Western Conference.