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  • This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. Edmonton Oilers Jerseys . 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Houston RocketsOverall: 80 Title track: 70 Ownership: 66 Coaching: 112 Players: 114 Fan relations: 77 Affordability: 67 Stadium experience: 64 Bang for the buck: 64 Change from last year: -45At the beginning of last season, expectations were high for the Rockets players and fans, after the team made the Western Conference finals in 2015. But an 0-3 start and the firing of coach Kevin McHale 11 games into the season led to a downward spiral. In the end, the off-court drama between James Harden and Dwight Howard got more play than the on-court product. The Rockets were a mess the entire season, and they dropped 45 spots in these standings.Whats goodThe Toyota Center remains one of the nicest arenas in the league and maybe in all of sports. Its spacious concourses, nice sightlines and variety of entertainment (from the Rockets Power Dancers to Clutch the mascot, who has a sidekick who pops out of a garbage can to distract free throw shooters) give the Rockets a nice feel. The overall stadium experience dropped 28 spots from last year, but at 64th, it still represented, along with bang for the buck, the Rockets best showing in these rankings.Whats badMany fans and reporters expected the Rockets (who ranked 25th in opponents points per game last year) to selected a defensive-minded coach such as Jeff Van Gundy to take over from interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Instead, team owner Leslie Alexander went with Mike DAntoni, a noted offensive coach, and Alexander seemed almost in defensive mode at the introductory press conference in May. Fans didnt love the move; the Rockets coaching rank is down 44 spots this year, all the way to 112nd. Alexanders reasoning, which might or might not convince Houston faithful this year? He wanted to play an up-tempo style with 3-pointers galore, so here comes DAntoni.Whats newWhen Dwight Howard left the Rockets in free agency this summer, the team signed Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and Nene as new partners for Harden. From a national perspective, Harden gets negative press for his beard, style of play and overall aloofness. But his teammates know he has a nice sense of humor, and his game is probably underappreciated. Without the joyful Howard, however, many fans dont believe the Rockets upgraded the talent around Harden. Houston dropped 62 spots in players, and now only three NBA teams rank worse. Most of the pessimism centers around Anderson and Gordon, two players who will be expected to produce but who have struggled with their health the past few years.Next: Washington Wizards?| Full rankings Mark Messier Jersey . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. Andrew Ference Jersey . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. ;. Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. 10 Consecutive Tests lost by Pakistan in Australia - the most by any team away. The record was previously held by two teams: India from 1948 to 1977 and West Indies from 2000 to 2009 - also in Australia.308 Difference in Pakistans totals in this match - 142 in first innings and 450 in the second. It is their third highest in a Test. Their highest difference was in Bridgetown in 1957-58, when they made 657 for 8 in the second innings after being bundled out for 106 in the first.2 Number of bigger fourth-innings totals in Tests than Pakistans 450 in this match. The highest is Englands 654 for 5 in the timeless Test in Durban in 1938-39. Pakistans previous highest was 382 for 3 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele last year, when they chased down 377.39 Margin of defeat for Pakistan - the second lowest for a team after making more than 400 while chasing. The lowest is New Zealands 38-run defeat after they made 440 at Trent Bridge in 1973. Overall, this is Pakistans fifth narrowest defeat while chasing. Pakistans 450 is the joint third-highest total when chasingg in Tests1988 The last time Australia lost a Test at the Gabba, against West Indies. Anton Slepyshev Jersey. . Since then in 28 Tests, they have won 22 and drawn six.230 Runs added by Pakistans last four wickets - the most for any team while chasing. The previous highest was 227 by India at Lords in 2002. Pakistan had three fifty-plus partnerships in those four wickets, which is the first such instance for a chasing team. It was also the first time Pakistan had three fifty-plus stands among their last four wickets in any match.113 The previous top score by an individual in the fourth innings at the Gabba, Sunil Gavaskar in 1977-78 and Sherwin Campbell in 1996-97. Asad Shafiq bettered that with his 137 in this match.2 Higher scores for a player batting at No. 6 or lower while chasing than Shafiqs 137. Adam Gilchrist made unbeaten 149 at No. 7 against Pakistan in Hobart in 1999-00 and Daniel Vettori 140 at No. 8 in Colombo (SSC) in 2009. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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