NBA Power Rankings 2012: Losers Of Three Straight, Light Gets Brighter In The Future

The Houston Rockets have lost three in a row after winning their first game after the all-star game. Tough losses all against potential playoff teams now have the Rockets at 21-17 for the season and SB Nation NBA columnist Tom Ziller has Houston ranked No. 12 in this week's power rankings.

12. Houston Rockets 21-17 W: TOR; L: UTA, DEN, LAC The Dream Shake
Unfortunately, Houston met a tough stretch coming out of All-Star ... and didn't get Ws. But overall, the Rockets' schedule to run out the season is favorable. They'll have a chance to cinch up a playoff berth if they can close some games out.

With the trade deadline looming next week, moves will be made and players will be residing in new area codes. Some of the Rockets chief competitors within the division could be looking to add a piece (Dallas, San Antonio, Memphis) or could look to be dumping assets (New Orleans).

What will Houston do? Stand pat, or be aggressive? Daryl Morey and Kevin McHale....you are now on the clock.

For more news and notes on the Rockets fans should check out The Dream Shake. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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