Report: James Harden, Chris Paul dynamic wasn’t without its challenges for Rockets this year
The James Harden-Chris Paul dynamic reportedly wasn’t without its challenges this year for the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Atheltic reported last week Harden and Paul had a tense discussion about ball movement after the Rockets got eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the playoffs in six games. Harden and Paul just finished their second season as teammates.
Harden led the NBA in scoring again during the regular season. The reigning MVP averaged 36.1 points per game and led the league in usage percentage as well. Paul, meanwhile, averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists in 58 games.
The relationship between Harden and Paul is one to monitor moving forward, especially if Paul is back with the Rockets next season. ESPN reported on Wednesday that Houston could move Paul if they find a trade market for him. Paul will make a whopping $38.5 million next season. Harden, meanwhile, will earn $30.5 million.
The Rockets became easy to defend in the postseason because Harden was even more ball-dominant. That style of play won’t work consistently in the playoffs when the game slows down and half court execution is at a premium. It seems as if Paul got frustrated with just standing around and watching Harden dribble the life out of the ball.
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