Rockets’ Chris Paul on playing without James Harden: ‘that man averaged 30 points’
The Houston Rockets will be without the services of All-Star guard James Harden for at least the next two weeks due to a hamstring strain.
In wake of that situation, teammate Chris Paul acknowledged on Tuesday morning the huge offensive load that he and the rest of the team will have the task of filling the void, according to Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle.
#Rockets Chris Paul on playing without Harden: “It’s business as usual, but that man averages 30 points per game.”
— Jenny Dial Creech (@jennydialcreech) January 2, 2018
Harden has proven to be quite a durable player over the last couple of years missing just two games since the start of the 2014-15 season. His production on a nightly basis has been the leading the way as he has become arguably the league’s best scorer currently averaging an NBA-best 32.3 points per game. The Rockets will also miss his playmaking ability as he’s become of the best passers in the league.
Much of this may be thrust on Paul’s shoulders over the next two weeks as both the primary ball handler and top scoring option. In the 18 games that he has played this season, the 32-year-old is averaging 17.2 points on 46 percent shooting from the field and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc along with 8.9 assists per contest.
Eric Gordon will likely head back into the starting lineup with Harden out of the mix. The 29-year-old is in the midst another year on 42.1 percent shooting from the field and 34.3 percent from 3-point range. This includes scoring 20 or more points 18 times while over the last 11 games he’s averaging 3.8 made 3-pointers 0n 42 percent shooting.
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