Last night, I observed that the game against Atlanta was one we should have lost.  Tonight, this was a game we should have won.  However, the Rockets came undone less to the mistakes of youth and instead more to sheer fatigue.

If there had been anything to worry about James Harden’s performance for the last few games, it was the amount of minutes that he logged.  44 and 40 minutes respectively is not even remotely sustainable, and for that to occur on the first game of a back to back just meant that it was probable that he would come back to earth on the second game.

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The Rockets have the assets and the flexibility to add one more big-name player. Almost unanimously, Aldridge has been at the top of every diehard’s wish list for the next acquisition.  I asked LaMarcus how he felt about Harden and if he could see himself fitting in.

More thoughts coming soon….


Rockets vs. Trail Blazers Preview Podcast

Earlier today I recorded a podcast previewing tonight’s Rockets/Trail Blazers game with  fellow TrueHoop writer Sean Highkin of Portland Roundball Society. Click the link above to give it a listen. We discussed why the likes of Royce White, Donatas Motiejunas, and Terrence Jones aren’t playing; whether James Harden’s success is sustainable; all things Omer Asik; and much, much more.

Yesterday I wrote that there’s no better time to be a Rockets fan than right now, and if tonight’s game plays out exactly like I think it will (fast, exciting, millions of points scored by both teams), this one qualifies as a must watch.

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On Halloween, James Harden led the Rockets to a win and spoiled the Pistons’ home opener. Last night, James Harden led the Rockets to a win and spoiled the Hawks’ home opener. There is a pattern emerging in the NBA and the league has now officially put the Rockets on ‘spoiler alert’ status. Tonight at 7 pm Harden will finally take his talents to Houston and be in front of his new home crowd as the Rockets will host the Portland Trailblazers in their own home opener.

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