The Houston Rockets are pretty much playing with house money at this point. Not only are they in the postseason after a three-year hiatus, they have the nucleus of a team that should be a Western Conference contender for several years to come.
But Rocket fans who are hoping for a deep playoff run this season have plenty of reason to be concerned. Houston can be exciting one night and baffling the next, and that type of inconsistency doesn't typically lead to good things in the postseason.
Furthermore, a team that likes to run up and down the court—the Rockets lead the league in pace at 96.2 possessions per game—will be severely reined in once the NBA's version of the Sweet 16 kicks off.
Playoff basketball is a much different beast than an 82-game season, and a Houston team that was the darling of the blogosphere earlier in the year will find their work cut out for them over the next couple of weeks.