The Houston Rockets is starting to look like the perennial contender. Since James Harden landed in the Texas organization back in 2012, the team has always shown itself to be one of the best in the NBA without being able to take the last step, to enter the Finals. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul have passed as main companions of La Barba, who now has Russell Westbrook at his side. The partnership with CP3 was the one that was closest to reaching glory, and that is because an inopportune injury to the point guard stopped them from losing in seven games in 2018. Has time run out? Time to rebuild around Harden? One of his teammates, Eric Gordon, dismisses such a possibility.
The guard, who has three years remaining on his contract with the Rockets, understands that the group that has been formed is ready to continue competing. Of course, he understands that a lot of things need to be improved, including the chemistry between the template components, but he doesn’t think a revolution is the best option.
“We have always been a team that had high expectations. It’s something I’ve seen in the four years I’ve been here. It cannot be forgotten that the teams we lost to ended up winning the championship. Of course, we must find ways to overcome that obstacle. The chemistry could improve. Last year we made a lot of changes. We went to small-ball in the middle of the season. The playoffs are all about matchmaking. We have to be able to come together as a group and improve. Give everyone the opportunity to improve; that will help us in the long run. I don’t think they are going to rebuild this team. This team is good. I don’t care what people say. With injuries and other issues, we still won 50 games and we are still in the playoffs “, a sentence in statements collected by USA Today.
Perhaps Gordon’s last sentence is the most revealing. “We still won 50 games and we are still in the playoffs.” It is a fact. Houston is a good team with one of the best players in the NBA. That is not in doubt, but they can take the next step. As we said at the beginning, with Chris Paul they touched the glory and, of course, they have been the team that has put the almighty Warriors in the most difficulties. But in the same way, that team is not the one it is now. Russell Westbrook is the second sword and they do not have a single inside player on the roster (power forward or center) after the movements made last season. Gordon may be right that breaking with everything is not a good idea, but that they need change is undoubted.