Houston Rockets: 12 games you can’t miss in the 2019-20 season

By Dan Crouch
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets talks with James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets talks with James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets in action against Frank Ntilikina #11 of the New York Knicks
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets in action against Frank Ntilikina #11 of the New York Knicks (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Monday March 2nd: Houston @ New York.

Last time James Harden played at Madison Square Garden he scored a career high 61 points. He may try to one-up that record on his lone journey to The Garden next season, but New York don’t suck as much and it won’t be quite as easy this time around. Houston’s run to the playoffs isn’t too difficult, and it won’t hold as many captivating games, but this could provide some entertainment before the playoffs begin.

Tuesday March 31st: Houston @ Philadelphia (Turner Network).

The Sixers had a bit of a shake up over the summer. Gone are Jimmy Butler and J.J. Reddick, but they added Josh Richardson, a young two-way players with plenty of room for growth and Al Horford, who still puts up good numbers but makes winning plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet. The Bucks seem like the early favorites to make it out of the east, but don’t sleep on this Sixers team.

The Rockets lost their only game in Philly last season by 28 points, so they will definitely bring their A-game this time around, especially since games this late in the season can impact playoff seedings.

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As a perennial contender in the Harden era, and one of the best teams again going into 2019-20, it should come as no surprise that the Rockets have a huge target on their back. An 82-game schedule is tough, and it leads to some lackadaisical efforts at times by teams good and bad, but Houston won’t have the luxury of playing many under-prepared opponents. This season will be extra tough for Houston who have made few friends along the way to being where they are now; it’s an exciting time to be a basketball fan in Houston.

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