The team has gone 7-8 to start the season, and has struggled to find consistency on defense. They currently rank second-to-last in points allowed, at 101.5 per game, though they rank fifth in points scored, at 102.1 per game.
December isn't going to get any easier for the young Rockets. Sixteen games are scheduled, more than half of which are against teams that either made the playoffs last season or will make a strong push for the postseason this year.
Needless to say, everyone on the team, from star to benchwarmer, needs to be fully prepared if this month is to be better.
The Rockets are fortunately on the right track. They've won three of their last four games, and the offense looks more cohesive and balanced as of late. They've also gone 5-3 at home, and 10 of their December games will be played at the Toyota Center.
The stage is thus set for Houston to do well this holiday season, and each of their 16 games should be a good one.