The Rockets started games against their opponents with a very impressive showing. However, it was in the fourth quarter the Rockets fell to their demise. The game versus Sacramento and the game versus Seattle showed the Rockets could muster up the final ingredient, the 4th quarter. However in these games which contained a solid 4th quarter, the Rockets did not have a solid start to the game which again led to another two losses.
All 12 games this season, however, show the Rockets with this line up can compete in the Western Conference, especially with the best IF they play 48 minutes of basketball. Infact, in my opinion I believe the Rockets can not only beat, but dominate any team in this league IF AND ONLY IF they play all 48 minutes. Now the question comes, How big an IF is this?