Tuesday , Apr , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Doesn’t look good for Houston

(Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets are a most likely going to
be watching the playoffs from the sidelines. They are a disappointing 32-41
and are 5 1/2 games behind the Sacramento Kings for the eighth and final
playoff berth in the Western Conference.

They also trail New Orleans/Oklahoma City and Utah, which are also on
the outside looking in at the postseason.

Six of Houston’s final nine games this season are on the road.

On Tuesday, two of the most disappointing teams in the NBA square off when the
Seattle SuperSonics welcome the Rockets to KeyArena. It is the fourth and
final meeting of the season between the clubs. Houston won the three previous
contests, as it won a pair of games at the Toyota Center and defeated the
Sonics, 104-98, on December 15th at KeyArena.

Houston, which has won six in a row against the SuperSonics, has won four
straight after losing its last two at Seattle.

The Rockets play the second of a six-game road trip against Seattle. On
Sunday, Kobe Bryant posted 43 points and six assists to lead the Los Angeles
Lakers to a 104-88 win over Houston at the Staples Center.

Yao Ming contributed 33 points and 16 boards, and Rafer Alston netted 12 and
dished out six assists in the loss to the Lakers for the Rockets, who had a
two-game winning streak halted and have lost eight of their last 11 contests

Houston is 17-18 on the road this season. The Rockets will also visit
Portland, Golden State, Sacramento and Utah on the current trip. Their final
game away from home is against the Denver Nuggets on April 17th at the Pepsi

The Rockets remaining home games are against Minnesota, Memphis and San