Houston We have Lift Off!

“Will two point guards really work in Houston?” was the question on everyone’s mind when the deal went down.

It’s been answered with a resounding 21-4 start to the season. It’s the best overall record in the first 2 months of the season by any team.

Chris Paul, who was sidelined during the early stages of the season, has come back and the Rockets haven’t missed a beat. They’ve continued to beat down on every team in their way.

Yes, our Team of the Week is none other than the Houston Rockets.

Player of the Week: James Harden

James Harden is on an absolute tear this season and it’s no shock to see him as the MVP favourite. Harden is averaging incredible numbers this season (32 PPG, 9.5 APG and 5.1 RPG).

Harden has Houston firing on all cylinders, and while Houston’s roll players all have the green light from deep, it makes him extremely hard to guard. With the floor so spread Harden can get by his guy or hit the long ball.

Over the past week he’s led Houston to a 3-0 Record, with wins over Utah (away), Portland (away) and the Pelicans at home. The win at Utah was by far the most impressive. In a building that is just so hard to win in, they dismantled the Jazz on their home floor (the final score flattered the Jazz).

During the week Harden averaged 34.3 PPG, 7.6 APG and 5 RPG.

Harden posted a ridiculous 17 assists against the Pelicans. His game has gone to another level with CP3 by his side. This team finally looks like it’s ready to make a run at the Warriors in the post season!

Game of the Week: Houston v New Orleans (130-123)

Not necessarily a game for the basketball purists, but was a fun one to watch!

With no Anthony Davis, Houston were expected to run all over the Pelicans on their home floor.

New Orleans, who had ideas of their own, hung tight all game. They even took a 7 point lead going into the last quarter largely due to huge games from their entire starting line-up. That was until Houston came out firing in the last, outscoring the Pelicans 34-20 to run away with a 7 point win.

Eric Gordon continues to stake his claim for another 6th man of the year award exploding for 27 points off the bench. He is instant offence for this team, also showing he’s more than capable of stepping into the starting line-up when an injury arises.

Coming up this week the Rockets have a huge game against their rivals, the San Antonio Spurs, on Saturday. With Kawhi Leonard coming back this week it’ll add more spice to this matchup between two of the heavy weights in the league.

With Houston playing their next 5 games at home they’ll have reason to believe they can further extend their outright lead going into the New Year.

Houston Rockets fans have reason to be excited this season. The Beard and CP3 are combining to play incredibly quick and efficient basketball, and definitely have the Warriors on watch!

Dave Bauk


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