Assessing the Rockets’ Playoff Odds

Houston currently owns a 25-22 record and would be the 8th seed in the Western Conference if the playoffs started today. As previous years have shown, the West’s playoff race is often extremely tight, and the Rockets are far from certain to avoid a fourth consecutive trip to the lottery. The Rockets’ chances of making the playoffs are primarily a function of two factors: Houston’s own performance and that of its Western Conference peers. What follows is an analysis of these two factors and an attempt to provide a clearer picture of Houston’s playoff hopes.

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The Daily Blast – January 30, 2013

“More,” You Say? – You mean one day of reveling in the Rocket’s 45-point win wasn’t enough for you guys? Ok, ok. Here you go:

And Al Jefferson was all like…this.

I promise to stop living in the past after the jump:

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On the NBA: The Rondo Effect

One of the league’s premier players, Rajon Rondo, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. This signifies a huge shift in franchise prospectus for a handful of teams; now that the Celtics, already struggling for the East’s final playoff spot, have lost their most important piece, they’ve become a major factor in trade-scenarios.

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The Daily Blast – January 29, 2013

Flawless Victory – The Rockets handed the Utah Jazz their worst home loss in team history last night. In case you missed the game, allow me to summarize it for you:

More basking in the afterglow after the jump…

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I do believe that it should be mentioned again.  The Houston Rockets went into Salt Lake City in a game with major playoff race implications, and for seven seconds, managed to lead by 50 points.  Unfortunately, Alec Burks made a layup and Kevin Murphy made a 3-pointer, so Houston had to settle for winning by 45 points and handing the Jazz its worst defeat in Utah ever.  So it goes.

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