14. Houston Rockets

Record: 21 - 17
Last Week's Rank: 11
Last Week's Results: W vs. Toronto 88-85, (Tue); L @ Utah 83-104, (Wed); L vs. Denver 105-117, (Fri); vs. LA Clippers, Sunday (3/4)
This Week: @ Boston, Tuesday (3/6); @ Toronto, Wednesday (3/7); @ New Jersey, Saturday (3/10); @ Cleveland, Sunday (3/11)

The Rockets have had an unpredictably successful season so far—but don't get it twisted—they need to out hustle and out work every team they play in order to win. This week Houston looked downright lazy in losses to Utah and Denver and had their hearts broken in an overtime loss to the Clippers Sunday night in a game that had 24 lead changes. Kyle Lowry and Co. have 7 of their next 8 games on the road. If effort continues to be a question mark, then Houston could easily slip off of the playoff bubble in a highly competitive Western Conference. —Sean Evans