The Rockets were supposed to be a dark-horse team capable of getting a top four spot in the Western Conference this season. Like usual, injuries overtook the season and two of the top players on the team suffered major injuries. Those players are Yao Ming (shocker), who is now out for the season and Aaron Brooks, who got undercut by Manu Ginobili on a halfcourt shot and is still recovering from that injury and still not 100 percent.
The Rockets, according to John Hollinger, have around a 20 percent chance to make the playoffs at this point in time. That percentage could raise quite a bit after the trade deadline in a few days as Houston plans to be one of the more active teams involved in possibly acquiring Carmelo Anthony or a number of other players.
But here are the 10 biggest things keeping the Rockets out of the playoffs.