The Houston Rockets should be cautious with their star this All-Star Weekend. His workload has been historic and the break should do him well.
He’s right in the middle of the MVP conversation for what feels like the millionth year in a row. Last year, he finally was able to take home the coveted award. Will he be able to do it once again and go back-to-back? He certainly has a great case, especially if the Rockets can move up a few more spots in the standings.
The All-Star Break would be a perfect time for the Beard to take a little bit of a break, though. He’s a starter in the main event on Sunday night but I certainly wouldn’t mind if he sat this one out. He’s dealing with a shoulder injury and has had some crazy usage this season.
He seems to be playing tomorrow, though, and is practicing with Team LeBron. He talked a bit about his 30-point streak:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 16, 2019
Over the past couple of games, James Harden has been dealing with a shoulder injury that he’s said has affected his shooting. While he’s a tank and will play through practically anything he can, resting the entire break would be nice.
If the Rockets want to continue to make a push for a top-3 seed in the tough Western Conference, they will need their star completely healthy. Clint Capela will likely be returning in the first couple of games so the time is now for the team to start pushing up the standings. OKC, a team that the Rockets will need to pass, has a pretty difficult schedule for the rest of the year.
We still haven’t seen a fully healthy Rockets squad this year with the new additions. Can the team sign Danuel House, get back Capela and see how dangerous they are?