11. Houston Rockets

Record: 20 - 14
Last Week's Rank: 14
Last Week's Results: W vs. Memphis 97-93, (Mon); W vs. Philadelphia 93-97, (Wed)
This Week: vs. Toronto, Tuesday (2/28); @ Utah, Wednesday (2/29); vs. Denver, Friday (3/2); vs. LA Clippers, Sunday (3/4)

It would probably surprise the casual NBA fan to learn that if the Playoffs began today, Houston would be the Western Conference's #5 seed. The Rockets have been winning against quality opponents, and until Chase Budinger air-humped the back of Diddy's head , they've done it without anyone really noticing. While it may be a bit early to declare this Houston's coming out party, they do play three playoff-caliber teams this week. If they ball as hard coming out of the break as they did going into it, we won't be the only ones hyped on the Rockets. —Sean Evans