In two games since returning from injury, CP3 has looked quite good for the Houston Rockets.
Mercifully, Chris Paul is back, folks. He came back from his knee injury on Thursday night against Phoenix Suns and has lit it up since then.
In the two games he’s played since the injury, CP3 is averaging 14 points and 8 assists in just 22.5 minutes per game. His minute load is increasing every game and he soon will be up to regular playing time.
James Harden out, Chris Paul in (and vise versa)
We have gotten a few glimpses at the rotation that features the two superstars splitting time leading the offense. They start and finish games together but in the middle of the games, Harden and Paul are generally subbing in and out for each other.
It has been beautiful.
Prior to Paul’s return, the offense would struggle whenever Harden checked out of the game. Eric Gordon is fantastic, but he is not a point guard. Now, Chris Paul comes into the game and leads the second unit perfectly.
He can also shoot just a little bit:
His efficiency is going to be key for the Rockets as they attempt to fit CP3 into the offense.
Also, Harden and Paul play pretty well together:
Like the Rockets said, we can definitely get used to that.
What to expect from his next few games
The Rockets will play a slightly better defense (11th in DRtg) on the Eve of Thanksgiving in the Denver Nuggets. Thankfully, this one is in Houston and not Denver. The Nuggets also boast a remarkable offense (5th in ORtg). This game should be more of a challenge as Chris Paul gets more minutes. He should play around 25 next game, maybe more.
After that, the Rockets enter into one of their easiest stretches of the season. They play the Knicks, Nets, Pacers, Lakers, Jazz, Trail Blazers & Hornets all consecutively. While all those teams can be dangerous, hopefully, the Rockets can take care of business and Chris Paul can get his feet back under him.
All in all, CP3 has been a perfect fit so far in Houston. We expect him to back this Rockets team almost unstoppable.
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*