The Rockets have learned a lot on the fly this season. For the NBA's youngest team (average age of 23.9 years old) to win 39 games and even be in contention for a playoff position this late in the season is astounding. For that, I give them credit.
There's plenty to be worried about come playoff time, though, and understandably so. With great teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder representing road blocks between the Rockets and the NBA Finals, they'll have to click on all cylinders to advance.
Preparation begins now. Every game up until now was for racking up wins. Now, it's about more. Obviously, wins are still important, but tuning up for the playoffs and establishing a playoff rotation worthy of competing against top teams is key.
The Rockets can use their remaining 11 regular-season games to figure some things out.