James Harden ‘not concerned at all’ over Rockets’ ongoing struggles
The rest of the NBA world may be wondering what exactly is wrong with the Houston Rockets, but James Harden is not about to worry too much over the team’s ongoing and increasingly perplexing struggles.
The Rockets followed up blowing a 14-point halftime lead Monday night in a 103-91 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 118-91 clunker in Thursday’s setback at the hands of the Utah Jazz.
Houston has lost two straight and six of 10 games while limping to a woeful 11-13 record. Only the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns sport a worse record in the Western Conference.
Still, despite the Rockets sputtering along and quickly losing ground in the loaded but muddled West, Harden is not sweating the early-season slide.
"Focus on getting better. Stay the pace. Stay the course. Stay locked in." @JHarden13 pic.twitter.com/3zdnxN0Pwi— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 7, 2018
“I’m not concerned at all,” Harden told reporters after Thursday’s loss. “What would I be concerned about? It happens. It happens in basketball.
“We’ve got to watch the film and figure out how to get better, whether that’s winning the turnovers or defensively being better. We don’t know yet. I’m pretty sure it’s a variety of things, though.”
Reporters probably would have elicited a more enthusiastic response out of Harden had they asked him about how his side-eye GIF is the NBA’s most popular bit on GIPHY.
Harden’s evident lack of concern echoes what teammate Chris Paul had to say earlier this week on the same subject, so the two superstars are on the same page in that regard. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, on the other hand, is not quite as lackadaisical about the current state of affairs.
There of course remains plenty of time for the Rockets to turn things around, but with each loss the ongoing slump gets more and more confounding for a team that reached the Western Conference Finals last season.
Houston will attempt to get things trending back in the right direction with a showdown Saturday with the in-state-rival Dallas Mavericks.