There isn’t much to say about the Houston Rockets that fans cannot figure out for themselves.
With the good guys missing Chris Paul for at least two weeks (and we all know two weeks isn’t going to happen), the Rockets will have to figure out a way to win basketball games without one of their Hall of Fame point guards.
Houston is 0-5 on the season when CP3 doesn’t play a minute, and most of those games have played out the same way: James Harden does everything on offense, the defense is suspect, and Harden runs out of gas in the fourth quarter and Houston loses. That pattern is destined to continue if contributors do not arise from the rest of the squad.
If ever there was a time for Eric Gordon to wake up and remember how good he is, now is it. It would be totally unfair to expect much from Brandon Knight after he finally returned to action after a year-and-a-half away from the game due to injuries, but the Rockets are going to ask him to shoulder some of this load. Gerald Green has to continue this recent hot streak. Ditto for Danuel House Jr and Nene.
The upcoming schedule is bleak. There’s no easy opponent for over two weeks. In fact, the next time Houston faces a “bad” team isn’t until January 11, when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Oh, and those same Cavs already beat Houston when they were without CP3.
Four of Houston’s next six games are on national television. If the Rockets crash, it’s going to be hard to shield your eyes from the wreckage.
Oh, and the Spurs are on a 3-game winning streak and have won those games by an average score of 125-95. So...yeah. When it rains, it pours.
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