1997–98 Houston Rockets season

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1997–98 Houston Rockets season
Head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
Arena Compaq Center
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 4th (Midwest)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(eliminated 2-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997-98 NBA season was the Rockets' 31st season in the NBA, and 27th season in Houston.[1] The 1997–98 Houston Rockets season ended with a record of 41–41, which was worse than the prior season's record of 57–25. Their first game was at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 31, 1997. The Rockets won 94–86. Their last game was at home against the Phoenix Suns on April 19, 1998; the Rockets lost 93–123. They however made the playoffs after finishing fourth in the NBA Midwest Division. The Rockets lost three of their five playoff games against the Utah Jazz. It was also Clyde Drexler's final year of his career.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1997 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 24 Rodrick Rhodes Guard  United States USC
2 29 Serge Zwikker Center  Netherlands North Carolina

Roster[edit]

Starter

Backup

Reverse

Inactive

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Utah Jazz 62 20 .756 36–5 26–15 22–2
x-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 6 31–10 25–16 18–6
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 45 37 .549 17 26–15 19–22 14–10
x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 21 24–17 17–24 14–10
Dallas Mavericks 20 62 .244 42 13–28 7–34 9–15
Vancouver Grizzlies 19 63 .232 43 14–27 5–36 4–20
Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 51 9–32 2–39 3–21
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Utah Jazz 62 20 .756
2 y-Seattle SuperSonics 61 21 .744 1
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 61 21 .744 1
4 x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 6
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 6
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 16
7 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 45 37 .549 17
8 x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 21
9 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 35
10 Dallas Mavericks 20 62 .244 42
11 Vancouver Grizzlies 19 63 .232 43
11 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 43
13 Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45
14 Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 51


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (8) Houston Rockets Last Playoff Meeting: 1997 Western Conference Finals (Utah won 4-2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTA-HOU)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 23 Utah 90 Houston 103 0-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 TBS 9:30et
2 April 25 Utah 105 Houston 90 1-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT 10:30et
3 April 29 Houston 89 Utah 85 1-2 Compaq Center, Houston, Texas 3 TBS 9:30et
4 May 1 Houston 71 Utah 93 2-2 Compaq Center, Houston, Texas 4 TNT 9:30et
5 May 3 Utah 84 Houston 70 3-2 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 5 NBC 3:00et
Utah wins series 3–2

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]