Houston Rockets: 4 takeaways from the win over the Suns
By Michael Knight
The Rockets dominated in a win against the Suns last night.
Last night, Chris Paul made his return to the Rockets from a knee injury that kept him out the past month. In just 21 minutes, CP3 dropped 11 points and 10 assists. He was a big part of the 142-116 blowout victory for Houston.
James Harden did pretty alright as well. He dropped a casual 48 points and dished out 7 assists as well. He has been extremely good this year and is one of the leading candidates for Most Valuable Player.
What are some takeaways from last night’s game that we learned about the Rockets?
Takeaway No. 1 – The three-guard combo of the Rockets is almost unfair
The Rockets are fortunate to have three guards with All-Star level talent, and that was in full effect last night. While Eric Gordon didn’t have his best game, he still needs to readjust to coming off the bench again. Still, it was evident that three-headed monster of Gordon, Paul, and Harden will be devastating.
Not only will James Harden and/or Chris Paul be on the floor at times, but the Rockets will likely have Eric Gordon with them. Having two of the three on the court (and all three at the end of games) will be key to the success of the team.
Here’s one play involving Chris Paul and Eric Gordon from last night:
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— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 17, 2017
Chris Paul and Eric Gordon compliment each other perfectly in the Rockets’ offense. EG should find himself getting more open 3s than ever before.
Speaking of Gordon, he has done many things incredibly this season, including averaging over 20 points per game. However, his 3-point shooting has not been great. He is shooting just 33% from deep. Have no fear, his shooting will get better, it always does. Just keep shooting, EG.
Overall, this guard tandem is unfair for the rest of the league. They are a huge part of the second-best offense in the league. Could the Rockets be first with Chris Paul in tow now? We will see how the rest of the season plays out.
Next: Takeaway No. 2