Houston Rockets: 3 players that have to step up with Chris Paul out

By Tevin Williams
Houston Rockets Chris Paul (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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1. James Harden

The weight of the entire team will rest on the potential MVP’s shoulders in Game 6. James Harden has to step up in a big way for the Rockets on Saturday night.

Since Game 1, Harden has struggled from the floor. In Games 2 through 5, the Beard has averaged 24 points on just 36.8 percent shooting from the field and 18.2 percent shooting from 3-point range. James Harden has also missed his last 20 3-point attempts.

In order for the Rockets to have a chance on Saturday night, Harden has to play great. If he shoots 5-for-21 again like he did on Thursday, the Warriors will blow Houston out of the water.

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The critics are always quick to bring up Harden’s past postseason blunders. If Harden can will the Rockets to victory in a closeout game in Oracle Arena without Chris Paul, his past mistakes will be forgiven.