Houston Rockets Climbing In Standings Thanks To James Harden

By John Raffel
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden scores 46 points this week for the Houston Rockets against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Is anyone surprised?

By now, nothing should surprise anyone in the NBA about Harden. Sure, he had incentive to score everytime he had the ball against his former teammates. The fact that he actually missed should be surprising.

What makes one wonder about Harden is how far he can take the Rockets, who want to ensure their playoff future and move up the standings if they can. The way Harden is playing, it would be a shock if the Rockets don’t move up in the playoff standings.

Harden’s shooting percentages, as a guard, are very impressive. To shoot  14-of-19 against the Thunder is incredible, plus7-of-8 in threes. He was unstoppable. Foul him and he was 11-of-12 from the line. He had eight rebounds and six assists for good measure.

Right now, no place in the NBA is tougher to guard than James Harden. He’s the toughest assignment a defense could have right now. That’s good news for the Rockets who also have other weapons, Jeremy Lin for starters, to keep the defense honest.

Right now, Harden is averaging 26. 5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists a game. It’s phenomenal with how that compares to his career stats of 15.4 points, 3.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds a game.

Face it, James Harden is on a mission and he’s on fire to complete that mission. It’s going to turn the Western Conference race upside down.

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