The Houston Rockets finished the season in disappointing fashion, losing to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the playoffs. They recovered well overall after a tough start to the season that saw them at 11-14 in December.
The Rockets had a chance for the No. 2 seed and would likely still be playing today if they would have won their last game of the regular season against the Thunder. The Rockets were the second-best team in the conference, but just ran into the dynasty a round earlier than what should have happened.
Houston would likely be favored against any other team in the West and most every team in the East in a seven-game series.