James Harden Must Make Houston Rockets Proud During All-Star Game

By Andy Schmidt
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The Houston Rockets will get the opportunity this weekend to be on center stage for the entire National Basketball Association world to see during the All-Star Game. There is no doubt that one player needs to make sure he gets well into the spotlight in James Harden. Harden has helped the Rockets average the second-most points in the league going into play on Monday and will be there to play for the Western Conference on Sunday. Harden must make it a point to show off what he can really do in his home arena.

This is a game where Harden needs to take every shot he can and do everything in his power during a game with no defense to try to score 20-25 points and get the Most Valuable Player award. There must be some hometown bias towards Harden if he has a great game. This is one of those times where a player has to be selfish and not worry about the team as well.

This has to be Harden’s night and I fully expect him to make it a point in the All-Star Game that he should have been a starter his whole career instead of coming off the bench. Harden is averaging over 26 points per game right now in his first season as a full-time starter. While Harden won’t start in the All-Star Game, he can reprise his old role for one night and turn up the scoring. I would be very disappointed if Harden doesn’t have a great night on Sunday with everyone in the league watching.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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