So far this season, the Rockets have gone through opponents with ease.
The Houston Rockets are in the midst of one of the best starts to a season in franchise history. Sitting at 19-4 through the first 23 games, the Rockets are sitting in first place in the loaded Western Conference.
The best part about this hot start? They are absolutely destroying opponents.
The games haven’t even been close
Since back-to-back losses at the end of October, the Rockets have only lost one game. That equates to a ridiculous 14-1 stretch.
During those wins, the Rockets are averaging a margin of victory of 19 points per game. The team is just blowing away the opposition, practically finishing games by the third quarter. The only win that was close was against the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game the Rockets won by 4. However, even in that game, Houston was up by 19 at one point.
The Rockets only loss during this stretch was against the Toronto Raptors. That game wasn’t close either, but not in the Rockets’ favor.
Chris Paul has been a huge part of the run as of late. Since he returned in the middle of November, the Rockets are 8-0 with an average margin of victory of around 20. He has fit in perfectly with the system, better than anyone could’ve possibly imagined. Having Chris Paul and/or James Harden on the floor at all times is unfair to opponents.
On the year, Chris Paul is averaging just 13 points a night but is tops on the team in assists with 10.1 per game. He hasn’t needed to score as much with Harden in town and it has suited him well. He is shooting a career-high 42% from deep on 5 attempts per game.
James Harden is playing at an MVP-level, that’s for sure. He’s averaging a career-high 31.6 points per game to go along with 9.4 assists as well. With how well he is doing and the team is doing, he is getting some serious MVP consideration.
However, the Beard does not care about that. All he cares about is bringing a championship to Houston.
James Harden was asked if he's looking to win MVP. "I’m looking to win the championship this year. That’s all of our goal. It’s a buildup. Every day is a grind. There’s going to be some ups and some downs, but as long as we’ve got our eyes on the bigger prize, we’ll be all good."
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 4, 2017
That’s the goal for James Harden and the Rockets. Will they be able to dethrone Golden State and make it to the Finals? They look to have a better shot at it than anyone else.