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W-L Record: 30-26
Scoring Offense: 106.4 (1st)
Scoring Defense: 103.6 (29th)
Last 10 Games: 6-4
In one of the most unexpected deals from the NBA trade deadline, the Houston Rockets acquired power forward Thomas Robinson from the Sacramento Kings. They also received Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt.
To get it done, Houston dealt Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris (to the Suns, the third team in the deal), Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich.
In the short term, this deal severely damages the Houston Rockets' rotation. Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris split time at power forward and were relied upon for offensive production. Toney Douglas was the team's second-unit point guard and often closed out games instead of Jeremy Lin.
With this trade, however, Houston improves in the long term—very much so.
The question is, can Houston hold on to fight off the Los Angeles Lakers for the Western Conference's final playoff spot? L.A. is just 3.5 games back.
As impressive as their win over the Oklahoma City Thunder may have been, this is a major roster move that leaves the Rockets weak.
Until they prove capable of overcoming the move in the long term, they drop down these rankings.