Chris Paul has been the offensive focal point for his teams his whole life. So it came as a surprise to many when he decided to join forces with Houston Rockets offensive juggernaut James Harden. For the first time in his career, Paul would have to allow someone else run the show.
The two have meshed perfectly on the court and now that Harden has been sidelined because of a Grade 2 hamstring strain, Paul has taken control of the team’s offense.
The Rockets have gone 4-2 since Harden’s injury and a huge reason for that has been Paul’s play. Averaging 26 points and 9.6 assists in the last five games, Paul has taken command of the team and has the offense flowing as usual. The team’s overall scoring average has dipped minimally from 115 to 113 points per game, which would still rank second overall in the league behind only the Golden State Warriors.
When the Rockets decided to bring the nine time All-Star on board they had one thing in mind, the championship. The plan was for Paul to give Harden much needed help and allow the Beard to take a bit of the pressure off his shoulders as prior to this season, literally everything the Rockets did offensively had to go through him.
Now with another capable ball handler on the team, the Rockets can afford to let Harden rest and avoid suffering a significant drop off in offensive performance. If this injury had occurred anytime before Paul’s arrival, who knows where the Rockets would have been without their sole ball handler.
In the playoffs, both All-Star point guards will have to be healthy and ready to help Houston make a deep run in the postseason, but as of now having one is enough to get by.
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