With the game on the line, the Houston Rockets were needing another bucket or two to seal the game. Chris Paul had control of the ball, he quickly dribbled it around a screen — set by Tarik Black — and confidently scored a mid-range jumper. He then turned to James Harden, patted his chest, and said, “I got you.” That might be the theme this year for the Rocket’s season. Paul trying to take Harden and Harden trying to take Paul to greater success than they have had separately.
I had to focus Issue 19 on Chris Paul, from the pure fact that he’s currently undefeated with the Rockets, who extended their winning streak to 13 games with the 115-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The 32-year-old guard has arguably become their most dangerous weapon this year, finding a way to successfully co-exist with James Harden in Clutch City’s explosive backcourt.
James Harden is currently leading the season to win the league’s MVP award, but no one can deny the impact that Paul has on the Rockets’ offense. He has found a way to terrorize tired starters and reserves on a nightly basis. But not only on offense, but defense is where Paul has fit in perfectly with the Rockets’ system. Paul helps as the quarterback on Houston’s defense and has made tremendous strides over the last month and a half doing so.
There’s no way that you can’t state that the Rockets offense is just incredible, blowing out teams from the East and the West. But thanks to Chris, their defense is just as elite.
Catch you Thursday.