5 Factors That Will Determine Houston Rockets' Playoff Success

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5 Factors That Will Determine Houston Rockets' Playoff Success
Mark J. Terrill

The Houston Rockets are one of the more curious teams of the 2014 NBA playoffs.

Loaded with talent, guided by unique principles and quickly assembled, they're still hard to predict.

And Houston will face a less urgency to succeed in this year's playoffs than some of their Western Conference foes. Older teams like the San Antonio Spurs, with their championship window closing, are probably in some sense envious of the early-contender phase that these Rockets now find themselves.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder, too, must see some relief in the Rockets' circumstance. This Houston squad is under less pressure. They won't truly be appraised until next season, once they've gotten more time under them.

But don't think the Rockets aren't hungry to win. They are. There are just some very particular things they'll have to get right if they want to do it now.

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