Houston closed 2013 with a record of 21-13. This leaves them somewhere near the middle of the pack in terms of Western Conference teams. Had it not been for several negative factors, this Rockets team would have had 25 wins or so to start the new year.
That's not to say there weren't several things to be happy about. Jeremy Lin is enjoying a breakout season, Chandler Parsons continues to improve, Terrence Jones has stepped up in a big way and the team has gotten several big contributions from bench players.
Not even those positives have been able to overshadow the downfalls of this team at times, though. They need to put in some work in 2014 to correct these issues.
If they do, then the sky is the limit for this bunch.