The Houston Rockets are finished the preseason with an impressive 6-1 record and looked like the contender many pegged them to be. However, heading into the start of the season, there are still a few issues that need to be addressed.
Houston seemed to handle the pressure of being the NBA's newest superteam quite well in exhibition. They hammered fellow contenders San Antonio and Memphis in back-to-back nights and their lone defeat came at the hands of a surprising New Orleans Pelicans team (7-1).
One of the biggest takeaways from preseason was the improvement in Houston's defense. It led by as much as 22 points against the Spurs and held the Grizzlies to just four points in the paint in the opening 22 minutes of the game.
With the addition of three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard, the Rockets have a dominant rim protector to complement last season's second-highest scoring offense (106 points per game).
Still, as the team nears closer to playing games that actually matter, there are still some questions left unanswered as coach Kevin McHale tries to iron out the wrinkles.