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Last NBA season, the Houston Rockets went against all odds to come just one victory short to win the Western Conference Finals, however, in a decisive game seven they lost to the deep Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center. They were worn out and without their number two go to guy point guard Chris Paul
It was a tough loss to bear and they had to regroup during the off-season to come with new energy and hunger for another shot at the title.

After the departure of two key players, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza, the vacuum had to be filled and the ten times NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony along with James Ennis were signed in order to accomplish it. Without a doubt, Carmelo Anthony transfer is the big news of the off-season for the Rockets and should have major impact on the upcoming season.

The core of the team remains the same with the trio of Chris Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela leading it. These players developed great chemistry between them and know each other very well on the court.
P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon complete the starting five and precisely understand their secondary roles in the team’s game. Last season’s playoffs proved it when they clutched in at critical moments.
Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss come off the bench to provide the exact needed backup to the key players and do it in a solid and consistent way.
Head coach Mike D’Antoni will have the challenge to manage the rotation in the squad, however, the depth and talent should help him in doing so.
The real test will be when facing the other big names in the Western Conference.

The departure of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza leaves some hole on the Rockets’ defense as they brought in versatility to it mainly on the perimeter.
Having said that, overall, the defense should be performing well enough. One of the key factors that took the Rockets’ game to another level last season were those two aspects above mentioned. Carmelo Anthony is not famous for his defensive game and this is an understatement. He will take place Ariza’s spot in the starting lineup and will have to come up with some more effort on the defensive end. Carmelo will most likely be picked on by other teams when it comes to mismatch on the Rockets’ defense, a meaningful factor as nowadays teams gives higher than ever weight for the mismatch advantage factor.
If the Rocket’s will keep their defense in top form, they are most likely to again reach the more advanced stages of the post season and avoid a disappoinment.
Coach Mike D’Antoni showed last season that he can play defense in high level when he has the players to do so.

Last season the Rockets managed to pull off and finish in first place in the Western Conference despite of Chris Paul ongoing absence due to adductor injury. He missed 24 games during last regular season. The record shows the Houston were 50-8 with him and 15-9 without, big difference that shows how important him to the team. Houston finished the regular season with 65 wins which gave it the top seed rank.

During playoffs Chris Paul played 15 out of 17 games while missing the most important one -game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.

The question if the Rockets would have advanced past the Western Conference Finals to win it all had Chris Paul played in game 7, will forever remain open. With that being said, there is no question that a completely healthy Chris Paul can make the fine-line difference between winning their third NBA championship in the franchise history to just coming second. All season long you can watch the Rockets game live here in istreamport.com.

 

 

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The Houston Rockets are an American basketball ball team situated in Houston, Texas. The Rockets contend in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as an individual from the association's Western Gathering Southwest Division. The group plays its home matches at the Toyota Center, situated in downtown Houston. The Rockets have won two NBA titles and four Western Meeting titles. The group was built up as the San Diego Rockets, a development group initially situated in San Diego, in 1967. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston. In 1984, the Rockets drafted Hakeem Olajuwon, who will be matched with 7 feet 4 inches (2.24 m) Ralph Sampson, shaping one of the tallest front courts in the NBA. Nicknamed the "Twin Towers", they drove the group to the 1986 NBA Finals—the second NBA Finals appearance in establishment history—where Houston was again vanquished by the Boston Celtics. The Rockets kept on achieving the playoffs all through the 1980s, however neglected to progress past the first round for quite a while following a moment round annihilation to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1987. Rudy Tomjanovich assumed control as head mentor halfway through the 1991–92 season, introducing the best time frame in establishment history. Olajuwon-drove Rockets went to the 1994 NBA Finals and won establishment's first title against Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks. The accompanying season, the Rockets fortified by another Top pick, Clyde Drexler, rehashed as champions as the 6th seed in the West and cleared the Orlando Enchantment, drove by a youthful Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, in four amusements. Houston turned into the most minimal seeded group in NBA history to win the title. The Rockets obtained top pick forward Charles Barkley in 1996, yet the nearness of three of the NBA's 50 biggest players ever (Olajuwon, Drexler, and Barkley) was insufficient to move Houston past the Western Gathering Finals. Every one of the maturing trio had left the group by 2001, and the Rockets of the mid 21st century, drove by geniuses Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, took after the pattern of steady consistent season respectability took after by playoff underachievement as the two players battled with wounds. After Yao's initial retirement in 2011, the Rockets entered