Feb 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar (1) battles for the ball with Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) and center Omer Asik (3) at Staples Center. The Rockets defeated the Lakers 134-108. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Al Horford, Brook Lopez, Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins are just a few of the big names that have been injured this season for an extended period of time.
As of now, the Rockets have no injuries. Patrick Beverley has missed the most amount of time this season at around two weeks, but the Rockets haven’t missed a beat offensively; defensively is another story:
“Beverley is an elite defender. He sets a great tone from a defensive standpoint every game,” said Van Gundy.
Last season was noticeably different for Howard. Yeah, he had other problems in Los Angeles than just his health, but none of that has permeated into Houston, including the health problems. It’s been well documented that Howard has had a bad back and was playing hurt last season, but not anymore. The man is getting back to form, back to the four time Defensive Player of the Year award style that we all remember.
The other side of injuries and health is luck. For example, Chandler Parsons runs over four miles per game, tied with Jimmy Butler for the longest distance. James Harden also logs well over thirty minutes a game, which is no easy task when he’s asked to do it night in and night out, all while being the leader of this team.