Skid has Rockets sliding in standings

Skid has Rockets sliding in standings
January 16, 2013, 10:00 am
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Lin: 'You just gotta play your way out of it'

The Rockets were once sitting in a solid playoff position with a 21-14 record. Now, after a four-game skid, that playoff hold is not so strong.

Houston had been good enough to sit sixth in the Western Conference and they were gradually gaining ground on the fifth-seeded Warriors.

One four-game losing streak later, the Rockets were on the brink of falling to the eighth spot. However, with the Blazers falling to the Nuggets in overtime on Tuesday, Houston still has sole possession of the seven spot, a half game up on Portland, while falling two-and-a-half games back of the Nuggets, who have the six spot.

Now, the team faces a Mavericks squad that is on the outside looking in, but has won their last three, including a 104-83 thumping of the Grizzlies last Saturday.

In other words, it won't be easy considering the lull the Rockets currently find themselves in.

When asked what the team needs to do to snap out of things, Jeremy Lin said, "Play harder, play longer, and continue to just buy in and trust and just play harder and that's just the way it is sometimes. You go through these stretches. You've just got to play your way out of it and just play so hard that it's going to eventually turn your way."