The Complex NBA Power Rankings (Week 17)

15. Houston Rockets

Record: 32 - 28
Last Week's Rank: 15
Last Week's Results: W @ Portland 94-89, (Mon); L vs. Utah 91-103, (Wed); L vs. Phoenix 105-112, (Fri); L @ Denver 101-86, (Sun)
This Week: vs. Denver, Monday (4/16); @ Dallas, Wednesday (4/18); @ New Orleans, Thursday (4/19); vs. Golden State, Saturday (4/21); @ Miami, Sunday (4/22)
You hear that noise? It sounds like a Rocket exploding. Houston has played its way right out of the postseason thick, and Sunday's loss to Denver (their third straight) broke a deadlock tie for the conference's final playoff spot. The Rockets have outperformed all expectations this season but with five games in the next seven days may prove to be the team's overdue market correction. Road games against the Heat and the equally desperate Mavericks are crucial and Monday's matchup against Denver is a “must-win' if they plan to play in May. —Sean Evans

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