After tonight's (Sunday, Nov 18) loss to the L.A. Lakers, the Houston Rockets had some serious weaknesses exposed. Though they are just a 4-6 team now after the loss, the potential to be a playoff squad is still there if the team continues to gel and works on improving deficiencies.
The talent level in Houston is not on par with the juggernauts in the Western Conference, but they have enough talent to win half their games and make a push for the eighth seed this year. Sitting well under the cap, the Houston Rockets can then make a play for a top free agent to strengthen their lineup around the foundation piece of James Harden.
Acquiring Harden didn't make the Rockets contenders overnight, but it dramatically increased expectations, particularly after Harden put up 37 in his first night as a Rocket against Detroit, then followed that game up two nights later with a 45-point buster in Atlanta.
Harden came down to earth after that, but he was averaging 26.7 points per game going into tonight's contest against the Lakers, and he's scored 20-plus in all but two stinkers in back-to-back games against Memphis and Denver.
Here's a look at five things the Rockets can do to fulfill their immense potential.