3. The Houston Rockets are the oldest team in the NBA
There have been times when both have become fatigued later in the playoffs, which may have to do with a combination of usage rate and age with both James and Russell.
Both players carry so much of an offensive load that the grind of that affects them even more. With the hiatus, both players have had time to rejuvenate. In Hardens’ case, it looks like he’ll be coming back in the best shape of his career.
When you factor in P.J. Tucker (35), Eric Gordon, (31) and Robert Covington approaching 30, the Rockets’ main rotation will benefit greatly from the time off. Even with the compact schedule, there is no travel, so in combination with the extended time away, the Rockets will be well-rested and ready to make their championship run.
No one really knows what will happen once the season resumes on July 30th. These are unprecedented times, and every team will have to adjust. The Houston Rockets, however, will have a chance for major improvements once they tip back off.
From more practice time to more rest for their veterans, the Rockets have a greater chance than most to take off once they are back on the court.