We don't know how far the Houston Rockets will go in the playoffs. Heck, we don't know whether the Rockets will even make the playoffs.
Here's what we do know—and like—about the Rockets:
James Harden still scores in bunches. He went off for 39 in the Rockets' tough loss to the Dallas Mavericks, head coach Kevin McHale's first game back after the loss of his daughter. By now, we're growing accustomed to Harden's prolific scoring.
Omer Asik is Hoover-ific on the boards. Despite being limited to seven rebounds in just 20 minutes against the Mavericks, the big man is averaging almost 11.5 boards per game in 31 minutes.
Chandler Parsons continues to emerge at the 3. Parsons is scoring over 15 points a game, his free throw percentage is way up over last year, and when he has a bad shooting night, he fights through it and still finds ways to contribute.
Patrick Patterson had a heck of a streak. Not surprisingly, he fell back to earth last week, scoring just six, 10 and 12 against the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and Mavericks (although he did go 6-8 from the floor in the Mavs game). But Patterson went off for 20 or more points in four out of the five contests before Tuesday's victory against the Lakers. No one knows how good Patterson might be, but he has certainly attracted attention with his hot hand.
Intriguing pieces, to be sure. But what's less sure is whether or not this young team can get into the playoffs.
This writer say they can—and make a lot of noise once they do—with the following three-pronged blueprint for success.
All stats are accurate as of 12/9/2012.