Why Russell Westbrook is the most important factor of a Rockets title run

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Russell Westbrook’s mentality and leadership will be the underlying factor that can help elevate James Harden and the Houston Rockets to an NBA title

When it comes to today’s dynamic duos, the tandem of James Harden and Russell Westbrook sits close to the top. The unique and evident talents these guys possess make them almost impossible to build a game plan for. Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey spoke his truth about his team’s chances in the upcoming NBA playoffs during an interview for on First Things First last week.

“[We] have two of the greatest players ever on our team. We should win this thing,” stated Morey. The players Morey was referring to were none other than Harden and Russ.

It’s no secret these guys are cheat codes on the court. Harden can dissect a defense with his nearly unstoppable offensive abilities and Westbrook can wear you down play-by-play on both sides of the ball because he refuses to let up.

However, which player is more important to the Rockets’ title hopes? Is it Harden or Westbrook? I believe, at the end of the day, Russell Westbrook is the most important player for the Rockets’ overall chances at winning this year’s NBA title.

So why do the Rockets’ title hopes lie with the newly-acquired superstar?

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