Houston Rockets Schedule in 2014-15
The Houston Rockets are ready to launch into the upper echelon of the Western
Conference this season as they take on all of the top teams that call the National Basketball Association home. The Rockets
have one of the best duos in the league in Dwight Howard and James Harden, and that gives them a leg up on most teams they
face. The Rockets are coming off a solid 2013-14 season in which they were able to win 54 games, but a first-round playoff
exit has its squad coming into this year motivated and hungry. The Rockets play in the Western Conference, which is home to
a plethora of good teams, so the road to the top of the standings is not going to be easy. However, with a great crowd at
the Toyota Center the Rockets are capable of beating any team in the NBA.
The Rockets will be looking to exact their
revenge on the Portland Trail Blazers this season for knocking them out of the playoffs earlier than expected. The Blazers
have a nice duo of their own in Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, so Houston will really have to be on their game in order
to get a win from the Blazers. Howard will need to contain Aldridge on the block, as he put up some big games against Houston
in the playoffs. Defense and team basketball could be the key to shutting down the Blazers and showing the rest of the league
that last year's first-round series was nothing more than a fluke.
Houston will also look to play their best against
some of their better division rivals. The reigning NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs will visit the Toyota Center multiple times
this season, and each game is going to mean a lot for the Southwest Division standings. The Dallas Mavericks, who stole away
Chandler Parsons in free agency, will be looking to take down the Rockets as well this season. It should be another fantastic
year of hoops as the Rockets look to make their move up the standings. There are plenty of good teams coming to Houston this
season to do battle, so check out the schedule.
Houston Rockets Team Info
The Houston Rockets are looking
to rise in the ranks of the Western Conference this season after a good 2013-14 campaign. Houston was able to land center
Dwight Howard in free agency last season to pair with star guard James Harden (acquired the previous offseason via a steal
of a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder), and year one of the Howard-Harden experience was quite promising. Harden scored
the ball at will, while Howard dominated on the glass and the defensive end as he did in his Orlando days. These two players
form one of the best duos in the entire National Basketball Association. The Rockets were able to post the fourth-best record
in the conference last season, but ran into a hot Portland Trail Blazers team in the first round of the playoffs. LaMarcus
Aldridge and Damian Lillard, another great duo, was able to push the Blazers over the top in the series, so the Rockets return
motivated to right things in 2014-15. Houston saw small forward Chandler Parsons sign with in-state rival Dallas in the offseason,
so the team brought back Trevor Ariza to take his place. Ariza is coming off his best season as a pro, and he's one of the
best wing defenders in the league. Ariza is also a very good three-point shooter, and he should space the floor nicely for
Howard and Harden. The team also acquired the underrated Alonzo Gee this offseason, and he should be able to contribute some
meaningful minutes. The Rockets took Clint Capela in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, and while he needs some time to
develop he has drawn comparisons to Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka. The Rockets certainly look to have a team that can contend
in the Western Conference, and fans are hoping that's exactly what they do in 2014-15.
Houston Rockets Trivia
you know that Hakeem Olajuwon averaged more than three blocks a game during his outstanding career?
Though he played
during the same era as Michael Jordan, who often gets all the credit for taking the NBA to new heights, it was Olajuwon who
became nothing short of a legend around Houston as he brought the franchise to a whole new level. Olajuwon was not only one
of the most feared shot-blockers in league history but he is renowned for having one of the most skilled low-post games the
NBA has ever seen, with a silky smooth jumper and great court vision to boot. Even though many lament the fact that the Rockets
didn't take Jordan during the famous 1984 draft, they don't do so for very long.
Houston Rockets History
in 1967 the Houston Rockets were located in San Diego, though the franchise moved to its current location in Houston not long
after. Since then, the Rockets have seen plenty of success, including back-to-back titles with all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon,
one of the best players in the history of the NBA. The Rockets have been hugely popular ever since, as the team always seems
to have an exciting group of players ready to challenge in the tough Western Conference. The Rockets are in search of another
NBA Championship, and are working to put the right pieces together to accomplish that goal.
Houston Rockets Fans
Rockets have a hot team that could be a dominant force in the Western Conference, which is why it's always a good idea to
come out and see for yourself as they look to once again make their mark on their conference. The fans of this team are some
of the most loyal and excitable fans in the National Basketball Association, and it's always a great time to see the Rockets
hit the court in person. Join the biggest Houston hoops fans around at the Toyota Center this season to see just how high
the Rockets can climb in the Western Conference.