Rockets’ late push jeopardizes precious draw chances
It’s been a pretty damaging week for the Rockets‘ lottery odds with a 3-2 team, including a pair of wins in Portland against a team with a roster that might not even be a sure thing in the G League. The Rockets started the week with a 122-98 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, then beat the Washington Wizards 115-97 on Monday. On Wednesday, they lost to a Dallas Mavericks team playing without Luka Doncic. And on Friday and Saturday, they beat a Blazers team without even fielding an NBA squad twice, 125-106, then 115-98.
The Rockets, who controlled their own destiny last week, have now fallen to third place in the Tankathon standings. They are 20-55, as are the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons. The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-53), who are 1-9 in their last 10 games, are hot on the heels of Houston and have rated star goaltender Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as questionable and ruled out Josh Giddey for the season.