The Houston Rockets backcourt has one thing left to prove
Even though Harden and Westbrook lag behind the Bucks and Lakers in rebounding, the two are exceptional at grabbing boards for their respective positions. Of all the duos in the bubble, the Rockets pair is ninth in overall rebounding (14.4 combined rebounds per game), the highest-rated pair lacking a frontcourt player.
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The two even grab more boards than the Clippers wing combo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. That’s exceptional company to keep for a supposedly “not top 10” duo.
The Rockets have the best duo in the bubble by one other measure as well. No other team pairs two former NBA MVPs together.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook have the production on the hardwood and the hardware off of it to back up their claim as the best duo in the Orlando bubble.
With that said, the best duo won’t be the one who has the most points, assists, or rebounds, but the pair that lifts the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the season.
Harden and Westbrook haven’t cared about rankings since their days in the PAC-10, and both know they’ll truly be judged by how deep they advance in the playoffs.
So, while we wonder who’s the best duo, they’ll be focused something much bigger — a championship.