One of the more pleasant surprises in the NBA this season has been the Houston Rockets. There has been a major turnover in Houston over the past few years, as the era of superstars has come to an end.
However, their current bunch of just plain solid players has made an unexpected impact and has the Rockets in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.
Currently sitting at 32 wins and 30 losses with just four games left, the Rockets are just one half of a game out of a playoff spot. So how can the Rockets make that push to the playoffs?
Getting rid of this current five-game losing streak would be a major starting point.
Obviously, the Rockets need to win as many of their final four games as possible. Not only are they currently sitting outside of the playoffs, but they also don't hold tiebreakers with Dallas and Utah, who both sit ahead of them in the standings.
Regardless of what happens over the next four games, the Rockets have built some serious momentum heading into next season. They competed in the very difficult Western Conference and gave themselves a chance to make the postseason. Even if it doesn't happen, the Rockets have something to build on and have given their fans some excitement and hope.
But I'm sure they want more than excitement and hope. They want postseason basketball back in Houston. The following are five things that need to happen in order for the Rockets to make the playoffs.