The Houston Rockets are bringing back Clutch City In A Major Way. James Harden is playing at a NBA MVP level. Harden is averaging 31.6 points, 9.4 assist and 5.1 rebounds per game on 50% shooting from the field. Chris Paul is slowly acclimating himself with Mike D’antoni’s system averaging a double-double 13 points and 10.1 assists per game.
Clutch city may officially be back with the addition of Chris Paul. Houston is comprised of two primary ball handlers that can manufacture points in bunches. Hence, the Rockets are real contenders to make it to the NBA Finals. Rockets have a 19-4 record with quality wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Houston is on a 7 game winning streak.
Moreover the Rockets rank second in offense rating and get the most possessions per game in the NBA. Surprisingly the Houston Rockets defense ranks top 10 in the NBA. In order to be a contender you must be ranked top 10 in defense and top 10 in offense. Houston Rockets rank top 10 in both therefore they are clear competitors for the Larry O’Brien.
Clutch City In The NBA Finals This Year?
Believe it or not the Rockets have the potential to make it to the NBA Finals this year. The team consists of a NBA MVP candidate, Floor General, Shooters and rebounders. Darryl Morey also brought in Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker for defensive purposes as well. The Rockets are a new age version of the A-Team and Darryl Morey loves it when a plan comes together.
James Harden is no longer the lone ranger asked to do everything on the team. Chris Paul will have stretches in the Playoffs where he will take over. Gone are the days of loading up on James Harden and forcing other players to beat you. Teams will have their hands full with the one-two punch of Harden and Paul. The Beard will be able to finally to play free which is scary. Last time Harden was in this situation he went to the Western Conference Finals. No one is safe when it comes to playing against the Houston Rockets.