Your pecking order in the West would get some folks here in San Antonio riled up. I don't disagree with your rationale for the Spurs finish, though. They're easy to catch up with because they are definitely getting older, and not in a good way.
I'll be surprised if Houston improves enough to finish better than the Spurs. I think the Rockets were more than 1 ingredient away from improving.
I tend to ignore the standings in the East until April.