James Harden says Rockets cannot get comfortable yet
The Houston Rockets have launched beyond the stratosphere with their recent 14-game win streak, going undefeated in February and taking over the top seed in the NBA right before the All-Star break. Though, Rockets star James Harden isn’t getting comfortable quite yet with 21 games left in the schedule.
“We’re not at a place we can get comfortable and say we have the best record in the league. We still have to prove ourselves,” said Harden, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. “We all have that in the back of our minds. We’re not at a time to relax at all. We know how important this opportunity is.”
The Rockets are 1-3 against their next three opponents, as they will take on the Celtics at home on Saturday before playing the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors on the road.
Adding to that tough stretch, Houston will face the Milwaukee Bucks for the second half of a back-to-back.
Yet Harden called the tough schedule ahead “perfect,” full of optimism, given that they now have “a full roster for the most part,” though they’ll miss Ryan Anderson and Brandan Wright for the upcoming tilt against the Celtics.
Point guard Chris Paul had missed the losses to the Celtics, Thunder and Raptors earlier in the season with injuries.
The Rockets could hit a tough stretch with four of their next five games on the road, but they’ve hit stride at the right time, especially with Harden firing in all cylinders and making highlight reels every game, as it seems.
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