22. Houston Rockets

Record: 2 - 6
Last Week's Rank: 19
Last Week's Results: L @ L.A. Lakers, 99-108 (Tue); L @ L.A. Clippers, 89-117 (Wed); L @ Oklahoma City, 94-109 (Fri); L vs. Oklahoma City, 95-98 (Sat)
This Week: @ Charlotte, Tuesday (1/10); @ San Antonio, Wednesday (1/11); vs. Sacramento, Friday (1/13); vs. Portland, Saturday (1/14)

The Rockets endured the dreaded L.A.-and-OKC-home-and-home quinella this week with probably predictably bad results: They lost to the Lakers, lost worse to the Clippers; lost badly to the Thunder on the road, and lost a squeaker to the Thunder at home. Plenty of teams will do worse (at least scoring differential-wise) on the same four-game trip this year, but the week epitomizes what the Rockets are this year: a decent team with a couple of very good scorers that is playing in a league (not to mention a conference) that's just over their heads. —Jack Erwin