I alluded last Sunday to the perilous upcoming four-game stretch spanning games against the Clippers, Grizzlies, Spurs, and Jazz stating, if Houston went 2-2, I’d be satisfied. I did not think the lone loss of the week would come against Indiana. This week, the Rockets will complete that swing, taking on San Antonio tomorrow, and then Utah on Wednesday.
Look out ya’ll. San Antonio could very conceivably catch Golden State, throwing the entire Western Conference playoffs on its head. Such an outcome would pit Houston against a healthy Warriors team in the second round instead of the conference finals, in the 2-3 matchup.
The Rockets are on pace right now to go 57-25. That would have them going 13-6 the rest of the way. Do you think they can win 60 games? To achieve that feat, they would now need to go 16-3 the rest of the way for an .842 winning percentage to close out the year.
Now, as we’ve seen the team choke leads with regularity of late, one never wants to overlook any opponent. But for our purposes here, in perusing the schedule, the remaining games you could classify independently as “probable” losses are: at San Antonio, home for Utah, home for Cleveland, home for Golden State, at Golden State, and at the Clippers. If the team wins the other 13 games, against inferior opponents, and loses all of those aforementioned six, they’ll go 13-6, finishing at 57-25. If they split those six, and win the rest, they’ll hit 60.
So, that dream is still alive. We’ll see if the Rockets can maintain the focus they brought this past week.