In the middle of the pack in a brutal Western Conference, the Houston Rockets have plenty to be thankful for this holiday season.
So far in the Western Conference, three teams have begun to slightly separate themselves from the pack. The Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers are all riding winning streaks of six or more games to establish themselves as the top three so far. Now at 12-6 after Wednesday’s victory over Miami, the Houston Rockets are sitting in the second tier of the West’s best so far, along with the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz.
The acquisition of Russell Westbrook has mostly been a positive so far in the young season, as he’s been pushing the pace with reckless abandon (but sometimes too recklessly). Westbrook is averaging 22.2 points per game through his first 15 games so far but certainly needs to address his 3-point shooting by either starting to hit at a higher clip or shooting less of them.
James Harden has been, well, James Harden so far. He’s doing everything he possibly can to keep the Rockets in every game and making it look easy while doing so. Harden’s MVP-like stats of 37.9 points, eight assists and 6.1 rebounds per game going into the game against the Heat are truly astounding, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
While The Beard’s contributions to the team are easily what Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets should be the most thankful for, let’s take a look at some other aspects of H-Town’s young season they should be appreciative for on Thanksgiving.
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