The Beard is Out for Two Weeks

Question: Can Chris Paul and company keep it together during that span of time?

The Houston Rockets have been playing efficiently good during the first three months of the regular season. And ever since Chris Paul made his season debut with the Rockets, Houston was almost unstoppable. Almost. They endured a 5-game losing streak to end 2017 before finally winning a close one against the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, their win against the Lakers came with a hefty price. Their star, James Harden was hurt in the fourth quarter while driving towards the basket. The diagnosis: Harden sustained a Grade 2 Hamstring Strain which will put him out for two weeks. Harden will be the third Houston star who got injured this season. Chris Paul just recently returned from a strained left adductor while Clint Capela also missed tons of games due to a bruised right heel plus a right orbital fracture.

How will Harden’s absence affect the Rockets?

Against the Lakers on the final playing day of 2017, James Harden had 40 points and 11 assists before going down with the injury. He played for 41 minutes. If not to Chris Paul, the Rockets would have ended 2017 with a 6-game losing streak. With the Beard out for two weeks, the Rockets will have to find a way to keep on clicking offense amongst themselves without heavily relying on Chris Paul who himself is also known to be prone to get injured.
With James Harden who is averaging 32 points and 9 assists this season, the Rockets have been so effective in terms of scoring on offense as they are averaging a league’s best 115 points per game. So James Harden’s absence will definitely be a big blow for the Rockets but it will a blessing in disguise for the team because it will probably put Eric Gordon back into the starting line-up like he used to do before Chris Paul came aboard. In fact, Eric Gordon is currently the second-leading scorer of Houston this season, averaging 19 points per game while starting in 16 of the season’s first 33 games. 

Conclusion

Fortunately for the Rockets, they have 5 other guys who are averaging in double figures this season. While there’s no denying the fact that James Harden’s numbers will be sorely missed, they have one of the league’s best point guards in Chris Paul. It’s only a question of whether or not the Rockets will be able to win with Chris Paul leading them instead of James Harden. 

Eric Gordon Wins Sixth Man of the Year Award

The 28 year, 2008 7th pick overall have found a home in Houston.
Averaging 16 points off the bench, Eric provided an instant punch when needed.  He has flourished beside the wing of James Harden and have complemented his style.
Houston Rockets is the 3rd team of Eric Gordon. He was drafted by the Clippers and played 3 years with the franchise before moving to New Orleans were he spent 5 years.
This year is his first year with the Rockets.

Eric Gordon Highlights

Twolves young Big 3 stepped up to beat Pelicans 112-110



These young core of Wolves is starting to work great together as a team as they manager to beat the Pelicans without Anthony Davis. Karl Anthony Towns led the team with 30 pts 15 rebs and 4 assists, followed by Zach Lavine’s 25 points while Andrew Wiggins contributed 20 points and the game winning Free Throws in the dying seconds to help his team seal the victory.


Anthony Davis is out with sprained right big toe, Eric Gordon is back and led his team with Ryan Anderson both with 31 points. 

Here is the highlights of the game:




Written by:
Aldrin
Team Powcast


AD put His Team on His Back to Beat the Rockets! 24pts, 13 rebs and 3 blocks!


Anthony Davis put his team on his back and showed that as long as they can keep healthy they will contend, however he needs a better supporting cast because Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon has been inconsistent due to injuries. This victory doesn’t really reflect how good their team could be because they are sitting with a 10-20 record 2nd to the bottom from the Western Conference. 

AD even had an emphatic alley oop jam that gave them the lead @ 110-108 with 2:15 remaining in the game. The score remained that way because the two teams were battling for every possession. James Harden led the Rockets with 25 pts and 4 rebounds. Dwight Howard only scored 7 pts and grabbed 9 rebounds. Eric Gorden led all scorers with 26pts (6-8) from 3 points. 

Here is the exciting highlight of the game:


Written by:
Aldrin
Team Powcast