The Houston Rockets provided a lot of excitement for those fans fortunate enough to catch their nationally televised broadcasts or who tuned in on NBA League Pass.
James Harden propelled the Rockets into the spotlight, as well as a whole host of role players (including Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik). The fact that they were able to step up is what enabled the Rockets to greatly outperform the expectations of most in finishing with 45 wins.
Unfortunately, the Rockets finished with the eighth seed, which resulted in a matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2013 NBA playoffs. With Harden facing a team he was once a third option on, the Rockets are clearly outclassed.
While there may not be much of a relief on the part of the players, who are mostly new acquisitions, the fans in Houston are just glad to be back in the postseason.
The path to the postseason was marked with some highs and lows, and this writer saw most of them. In the 2012-13 season, I logged 23 Houston Rockets live blogs or game grades, and this piece will feature my favorite five games I covered here at B/R.