Dec 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and center Dwight Howard (12) walk off the court during the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
While there were many highlights and decisions to pick from the move by Kevin McHale to have one of either Howard or James Harden on the floor at all times allowed for there to always be a primary scorer in play. Further, given the existing chemistry of Howard and Smith it allows for them to work together and develop their new chemistry within the framework of the Rockets schemes.
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In fact, Howard actually looked more comfortable playing with the reserves as the outside shooting of Brewer and Terry fully spaced the floor. And when Harden was engaged on his own it allowed him to read and react as the primary scorer without having to be concerned about involving Howard or engaging Smith.
Brewer for his part continues to look like he was always with the Rockets having not missed a beat since joining them although I wonder why McHale continues to play Trevor Ariza so many minutes given Brewer’s defense to this point has been solid.
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