Tonight’s game will be the last time you’ll see James Harden on a Houston Rockets stream until at least next season.
I’m not sure what there is to make of that, but it’s been there looming over my head in preparation for this game. Maybe it’s me reconciling with the fact that he really is done with the Rockets.
If in the end last game of the Rockets’ two-game series with the Brooklyn Nets, Harden doesn’t turn to his new team and say, “You know what, guys? I’m going to just go home with them.” and then turn to the visitor’s tunnel and leave with his former team, then I guess there is no going back.
Though, seeing as the Rockets are second-to-last in the Western Conference, and the Nets are tied for first in the East without their newest addition, LaMarcus Aldridge, having even played a second in BK, it’s highly unlikely he will want to trade places.
The good news for Houston is that Aldridge is ruled out for tonight’s game, citing that he will want to get more practice before he plays with his new team. Kevin Durant will also be out for BK. Instead, the Rockets will have the luxury of facing only Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Blake Griffin.
For Houston, Christian Wood and Danuel House Jr. are probable for tonight’s game. John Wall is listed as questionable for tonight’s game with a left knee effusion.
Some questions for you tonight: does Harden get that elusive 40-point game against Houston tonight to give him 40 points against every team in the NBA for his career, and do you even care about that? Does Kelly Olynyk continue to shine for the Rockets? Who steps up the most for Houston? Can the Rockets pull off the upset tonight?
Answer those questions down below, and follow the game along, live, here in the game thread!
Last, but you know it’s not least, LET’S GO ROCKETS!