WHO CAN STOP JAMES HARDEN AND THE HOUSTON ROCKETS?

You can’t but notice him. The Thick Beard, The scary looking Snarling face but of course the dazzling and exquisite skills. This is Houston Rockets James Harden. He and his NBA team the rockets are in amazing form at the moment. The are on a 13 game winning streak and have only 4 defeats to their name this season. That is very imprssive. Nate McMillan head coach of the Indiana Pacers smiled when asked who would defend James Harden when his team was scheduled to play the inform Rockets recently. He answered:

“The Pacers,”

McMillan was being coy, partly because he didn’t want to reveal his game plan. But the Indiana Pacers’ coach was also being realistic. It takes a village to defend Harden, and often that is still not enough. The Houston Rockets will visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday (6 p.m.), led by Harden, who was averaging 29.9 points, 10 assists, and 4.9 rebounds entering the Rockets’ home game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Houston Rockets James Harden

 

Simply put, Harden is playing as well as anybody in the NBA. He had a career-high 56 points last time against the Utah Jazz. Also against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Harden became the first player since Michael Jordan in the 1988-89 season to have to have at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and five steals in the same game. Harden had 35 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, and five steals during that 117-113 victory over Cleveland.

Harden Unlike previous seasons isn’t carrying a bigger load than expected for the Rockets, with All-Star point guard Chris Paul now part of the rooster. Adding extra points, steals, and points from the paint. But the Rockets are still struggling to get the pundits to sit up and take notice. They still point to the all conquering Golden State Warriors as the gold standard in the Western conefrence.

“James is very crafty, he’s sneaky, and he’s an unbelievable playmaker,” said McMillan following practice. “Not only does he score the ball, but he gets to the free-throw line, he passes the ball, he does it all. It’s amazing what he does with that team.

 He presents a difficult matchup problem to any team..He is a 6ft 5 guard with 3-point range, and an array of clever moves off the dribble and in the low post.

“He’ll try to take advantage of whoever is guarding him,” McMillan said. “You put a smaller guy, he’ll back him down. You put a bigger guy, he’ll try to attack him from the 3-point line. He’s probably one of the top guys in the league at drawing fouls. He could get whoever you assign to him in foul trouble quickly.”

The potential is certainly  there, the Rockets made the Western Conference finals in 2015 but didnt have the weaponry to get past the Golden State Warriors. Who with Steph curry gave the Rockets a Basketballing lesson.

 

But this year with Chris Paul the “Points god” who left the LA Clippers now in their rooster and with The entire Rockets team now better overall in Defence thanks to the rising Center Clint Capela and Luc Aboue Moute Rule out the Rockets at your own peril..The winning streak continues, the franchise record is 22 sraight wins made in 2008. Can the class of 2017 match and surpass it? Time will tell

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