The Houston Rockets are currently going through a bit of a slump, losing seven of their last nine games. A big reason for such a bad record in that span has been the injuries the team has suffered recently.
While most teams will go through their slumps, the feeling is that the Rockets would have probably kept their excellent season rolling if it wasn’t for the unexpected amount of injuries piling up.
Harden of course is the biggest loss for the team as the MVP candidate was having a year to remember before suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain which will keep him out for two to six weeks.. Harden was the leading candidate for MVP and while he should still be a favorite when he returns, this time out will give his fellow candidates an opportunity to make their case for the award.
Injuries happen to any team and they are surely a big part of how a team will perform, but only two wins out of nine games is not justifiable. The Rockets still have Chris Paul out there along with Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, this is the time for them to show what they’re capable of when their leader is out. Gerald Green has been phenomenal for the expectations that he came in with but he should not be expected to carry the team in Harden’s absence, that responsibility falls under Paul’s capable hands. With his partner in crime on the sidelines, this is the opportunity for Paul to gather the troops and establish his leadership on the team.
The opportunity to come together and start racking up wins again will be great for when those injured return as it will build chemistry and confidence in the team. These injuries will of course make each game harder to win, but they also give the team a chance to really show everyone what they’re made of.
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