Wednesday NBA Roundup: Rockets Need More Than James Harden’s Scoring to Be Elite

December 23rd, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

James Harden will need help if he's going to make the Houston Rockets matter again, and the irony is he'll have to do more on his own to get there.

Confusing? Don't worry, it's not that complicated.

See, Harden is unquestionably the Rockets' best player—their most influential for sure, just as most superstars are. And in keeping with his role, he led Houston with 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting in a tough 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. No other Rockets player had more than 12 points in support.

When games like this happen (especially in up-and-down, mostly disappointing seasons like the one the Rockets are having), we tend to ask which role player has to step up. Who's not pulling his weight? Where can Harden get some assistance?

That's not really the right way to look at the problem.

Better to put this on Houston's best player, to ask what he can do to empower his teammates.

Because Houston will go as far as Harden takes it. And if he wants his guys to step up, it's his job to find ways to help them.

Some of that will be pretty literal. Har ...

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