ROCKETS VS PELICANS
Updated: Jan 30, 2019
The Rockets( 29-20) look to extend their winning streak to three games as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans (22-28) in a nationally televised game (TNT 7pm cst) tonight at the Toyota Center. Houston will be looking to integrate point guard Chris Paul back into the rotation as he is coming off of a 12 pts, five rebound, six assists and three steals in 25 minutes of action on Sunday.
“He had a spurt there where he was Chris Paul and that will lengthen once he gets his legs back under him," said Rockets head coach Mike D’ Antoni after Houston defeated the Orlando Magic Sunday 103-98.
New Orleans will be looking to get its franchise back on track as they have been dealing with a multitude of adversity when it comes to their superstar player Anthony Davis. The 6’10 PF has been dealing with a volar plate avulsion fracture in his left index finger that could sideline him anywhere from 2-4 weeks according to his agent Rich Paul.
Davis’s agent also made a splash on Monday when he informed the Pelicans front office that Davis would not be signing a contract extension with the club and would like to be traded to a championship contender.
One player who is not experiencing any adversity these days is Rockets guard James Harden. The reigning MVP is making a strong case to become the 14th player in NBA history to win back to back MVP trophies. The last being Golden State Warriors PG Steph Curry in 2016. Harden is averaging 44.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in the month of January and has scored 40 points or more in eight games this month.
"Last year he was the MVP and now he's even better and it's a credit to him, his work ethic and the passion that he plays the game with," formers Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff (Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach) after losing to the Rockets earlier this month in a game where Harden had 57 points.