Rockets: Right now is the time for Harden and Westbrook to get it done

Houston Rockets James Harden Russell Westbrook (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Reaching the Next Level

Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller are NBA legends, but they were never able to secure an NBA title and to this day, that’s one thing people will always hang over their heads.

An argument can be made that Westbrook and Harden have better numbers than the guys mentioned above from an individual standpoint and it will taint their careers even more if they retire without some jewelry on their fingers.

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The Houston Rockets made arguably the biggest move of the 2019-20 offseason when they acquired Westbrook via trade from the Thunder.

The move wasn’t made to keep the Rockets afloat, but to further ensure the Rockets could win the NBA title.

Russ and James have had too many recent playoff failures, and if they want to stand any chance of keeping that playoff loser tag off their back, they have to deliver.

Westbrook hasn’t won a playoff series since Kevin Durant’s departure from OKC and Harden has only won four playoff series in three years despite all the talent the Rockets have put around him before the long-awaited arrival of Westbrook.

With the NBA season restarting in Orlando, the Rockets are one of the few teams being picked to win the title and their two superstars are a huge reason.

These guys have shown how effective they can be when they’re alone and they’ve shown flashes of how good they can be together, but if they want to shut the mouths of their critics, they’ll have to find a way to put their Hall of Fame talents together and bring a title back to Clutch City.

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The only way to cure a headache is to take a pill and the pill for the Rockets is the Larry O’ Brien Trophy.