James Harden on Rockets’ three-game skid: ‘We’ll be all right’
The Houston Rockets are not overreacting to the team’s current three-game slide, so says James Harden.
“We’ll be all right. That’s it. That’s all it is,” Harden said Monday’s 112-107 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, via ESPN. “Guys are playing a little bit too many minutes. Our defense isn’t really there consistently, and our offense, we aren’t making shots like we need to be. We’ll be all right. It’s a part of it. We’ve just got to fight through it. It’s a long season.”
The Rockets clearly are missing Chris Paul, who has been out the last two games after leaving last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers due to a strained left adductor. The Rockets have lost only one game this season in which Paul has made an appearance, posting a 15-1 record. The Rockets believe the point guard will be able to play in one of the team’s two upcoming games, back-to-back road games against the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards on Thursday and Friday.
Harden, who posted 29 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists in the loss to the Thunder, felt the team played well enough to win but just came up short. With that in mind, the Rockets certainly are not going to press the panic button due to the team’s current slide, especially given the three-game losing streak was preceded by winning 15 games in a row.
“Just be resilient. That’s all you can say,” Harden said. “Keep fighting, keep playing for each other and things will turn.”
The Rockets (25-7) currently hold the second spot in the loaded Western Conference, trailing only the Golden State Warriors (27-7). The notion that a three-game losing streak is a major cause for concern should be readily dismissed. The Rockets without question are among the top teams in the NBA, and if Paul can stay healthy, the team is even more dangerous.