Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

Rockets are excited to see what a Chris Paul-James Harden pairing can do for them

Rockets are excited to see what a Chris Paul-James Harden pairing can do for them

With Chris Paul out injured for four weeks, the Houston Rockets went 10-4 and James Harden went bonkers with 31 points and 10 assists per game.

More importantly, without Paul, the Rockets went out in the second round of the playoffs last season, losing by 39 points to a San Antonio Spurs team that was missing Kawhi Leonard.

The Rockets can accept that Paul’s recent return to health and the starting lineup might affect their record and Harden’s statistics, as long as it affects their playoffs fortune too.

Fans are as infatuated with how Harden’s and Paul’s past ball dominance will blend as much as the Rockets are infatuated with shooting more three-point shots than...

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