Monday NBA Roundup: Rockets Must Help Historically Dominant James Harden

November 7th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

James Harden is going to force a referendum on the definition of value.

Because as he continues to post stats indisputably worthy of MVP consideration, his Houston Rockets teammates aren't doing enough to get him the lofty win totals award voters demand.

Coming into Monday's 114-106 win over the reeling Washington Wizards, Houston had been the NBA's biggest two-face. With Harden on the floor, the Rockets outscored opponents by 7.6 points per 100 possessions. For context, that would have ranked behind only the full-season figures the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors posted last year.

When he sat, opponents mauled Houston got 30.3 points per 100 possessions. There is no helpful comparison for that figure. But if you want to get imaginative about it, that's roughly the differential you'd expect from a game between an NBA team and a pack of milk-drunk feral cats.

To narrow that yawning on-off chasm, Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni swapped Corey Brewer into the starting lineup for Eric Gordon. It was an imperfect move, but one that, in theory, could have utilized Gordon's offensive talents t ...

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