Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni surprised when Houston doesn’t win
The Houston Rockets are a staggering 13-3 during their last 16 games, and Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is surprised that Houston even has three losses during this stretch.
The Rockets are playing amazing basketball on both ends of the floor right now, so much so that Mike D’Antoni told reporters on Saturday he is shocked when his team doesn’t win nowadays.
Mike D’Antoni on if he’s seen any growth from Houston by the midway point:
“Without a doubt. I feel like every game now we have a chance. Before you’re thinking ‘Man let’s just try to get one’. Now I’m surprised when we don’t win.”
— Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) January 12, 2019
The entire Rockets roster is playing superbly, but reigning MVP James Harden is the main reason why the team has risen in the Western Conference standings.
During this 13-3 stretch, Harden is averaging a whopping 39.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game while shooting 43.3 percent overall, 41.0 percent from beyond the arc and 88.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Houston enters Saturday with an overall record of 24-17, good for fifth place in the West. Just a few weeks ago, the Rockets were near the bottom of the standings. It’s been a remarkable turnaround in Space City, and Harden has now etched his name back into the MVP conversation.
Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul has been out of action since Dec. 22 with a hamstring injury. The future Hall of Famer is expected to return to the lineup near the end of January, though, which means Houston is going to be even more lethal on offense. That’s a scary sight for the rest of the NBA.
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