The Houston Rockets may not take any pleasure in the season ending knee injury suffered by Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio but it certainly helps their playoff chances. Houston snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday night with a 112-106 win over the New Jersey Nets without injured point guard Kyle Lowry.
A quick look at the current NBA Standings shows that the Rockets are in seventh place in a crowded Western Conference with a 22-19 record. The Rockets are percentage points ahead of the struggling Dallas Mavericks and a game and a half ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Things are tight throughout the standings with the Rockets still only five games behind second place San Antonio.
|1. Oklahoma City Thunder||41||32-9||.780|
|2. San Antonio Spurs||39||26-13||.667|
|3. Los Angeles Clippers||38||23-15||.605|
|4. Los Angeles Lakers||40||24-16||.600|
|5. Memphis Grizzlies||39||23-16||.590|
|6. Denver Nuggets||41||23-18||.561|
|7. Houston Rockets||41||22-19||.537|
|8. Dallas Mavericks||43||23-20||.535|
|Portland Trail Blazers||41||20-21||.488|
|Golden State Warriors||37||16-21||.432|
|New Orleans Hornets||41||10-31||.244|