Houston Rockets Make History

Dean Riley - 10 Dec 2021

Founded in San Diego, in California, in the United States in 1967, the Houston Rockets have entered the National Basketball Association’s record books at the ripe old age of 54. They have become the first-ever team to win seven games in a row after losing 15.

The Rockets’ seventh straight win came in the form of a 114 - 104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday the 8th of December 2021. This turnaround is amazing considering the fact that the team is so young, is in the process of rebuilding, and that they had managed just a single win this season a mere two weeks ago.

Since they beat the Chicago Bulls at the end of November, however, the Rockets have been flying high. Since that November 24th game, this team has become responsible for the fifth-best offence in the League, a massive improvement from the October 19 start of the season, when they ranked last.

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Stellar Work from Great Players

A large part of the offense’s development is three-point shooting, with this aspect ranking sixth in the League over the period of their winning streak. 40% of their shots are being knocked down from the deep, a fact that 24-year-old Garrison Mathews and 32-year old Eric Gord are largely responsible for. We’ve also seen a vast improvement from key players like 26-year-olds Christian Wood and Jae'Sean Tate and the 21-year old Kevin Porter Jr.

It may also be worth noting that the Rockets’ current winning streak is happening without Jalen Green. The 19-year-old suffered an injury to his hamstring during the November game against the Chicago Bulls and hasn’t been able to play since then.

It has to be said that the no. 2 pick from the NBA draft in 2021 hasn’t been doing very well in terms of shooting numbers, with statistics like just 38.2% in the field and 27.8% from the three-point range. The team seems to have found a great rhythm in Green’s absence and has consistently been racking up wins for the first time this season.

Hopefully this will continue when Green returns to the court, although there is no fixed date for this on the cards as yet. Coach Stephen Silas has revealed that Green is getting better steadily, but there is no way to tell when he’ll be 100% again and able to return.

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