So now that we're 42 games into the season, the Rockets have passed the half-way point and are sitting at 27-15. There are obviously some things to be pleased about, like the way they've stepped up in big games against Golden State and San Antonio, and the surprising play of Terrence Jones. But then there's the two monumental failures against OKC, the multiple losses against inferior teams and the major inconsistencies on both ends of the floor from time to time.
For anyone who's curious, the Rockets were 21-21 at this time last season, so a 6-game improvement is pretty impressive. But Houston is still sitting at only 5th in the conference, they have only a 1-game lead on Golden State and a 3-game lead on Dallas, and their 3.3-point win differential is hardly impressive.
So, how would you grade the Rockets' first-half of the season? Where do you see improvements that need to be made? And how do you see the second half of the season playing out?