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Houston Rockets: James Harden should take it easy on All-Star Weekend

By Michael Knight
CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 16: Anthony Davis #23 talks with James Harden #13 of Team LeBron during the 2019 NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day presented by AT&T on February 16, 2019 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 16: Anthony Davis #23 talks with James Harden #13 of Team LeBron during the 2019 NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day presented by AT&T on February 16, 2019 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images)
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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.

James Harden has been doing historic things for the Houston Rockets that we haven’t seen since Wilt Chamberlain. He is currently on a streak of 30 points games that has reached up to 31 games.

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:

.@KristenLedlow caught up with James Harden to find out if his 30-point streak will continue on Sunday!#NBAAllStar ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/UIqmLVk4O8

— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 16, 2019

CHARLOTTE, NC – FEBRUARY 16: James Harden #13 of Team Lebron addresses the media during the 2019 NBA All-Star Practice and Media Availability on February 16, 2019 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Tom O’Connor/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – FEBRUARY 16: James Harden #13 of Team Lebron addresses the media during the 2019 NBA All-Star Practice and Media Availability on February 16, 2019 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Tom O’Connor/NBAE via Getty Images)

Injury

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.

Next. Season recap so far

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?

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