Through the first few nights of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, no team has looked better than the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets drew the fourth seed in the Western Conference, which was probably not where they really wanted to be, as that means they will have to face the Golden State Warriors in the second round.
But right now, they look just fine.
Houston absolutely thumped the Utah Jazz in the first two games of its first-round series, most recently beating them by a score of 118-98 in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Barring a dramatic turn of events over the next week, the Rockets will likely be battling the Warriors in the playoffs once again, which will mark their fourth playoff meeting with Golden State since 2015.
Last year, Houston met the Dubs in the Western Conference Finals and actually pushed them to seven games before falling. At one point, the Rockets even had a 3-2 lead in the series, but Chris Paul missed Games 6 and 7 with a hamstring injury, and the Warriors ultimately prevailed.
The thing is, last year’s Houston club won 65 games and finished with the best record in the league. The Rockets were 12 games off of that pace this season, largely due to a very poor start.