In an altered NBA playoff format, the Houston Rockets showed why they are such a dangerous team. In Game 1 of their series against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Rockets held LeBron to 20 points and beat the eventual champions by 15. The same series also showed the downside of their many experiments as Houston lost the next four games.
SportsCastr News NBA’s Guillermo Kyosuke and Simeon Russell analyzed the awkward situation in Houston. Superstars James Harden and Russell Westbrook first played together in Oklahoma City with the Thunder. Since then, the two have remained close friends, and it was always rumored that they would try to join together again.
Both ball-dominant guards, it was complicated envisioning Westbrook and Harden working perfectly together. On their SportsCastr stream, Guillermo and Simeon discussed how the lack of fit between the two has led to occasional blowouts for the supposed Finals contender. After the humiliating gentleman’s sweep against the Lakers, there are offseason rumors that the Rockets may be looking to move one, or both, of their stars.
Last week, the Philadelphia 76ers were rumored to be seeking a deal for James Harden. This week, the SportsCastr News NBA team was analyzing the speculation that Westbrook may be the one to leave Houston. While the New York Knicks could use Westbrook, there are plenty of teams that would be interested in the former MVP.
Daryl Morey has made waves with his roster decisions for his old team. Now that Morey is with the 76ers, the Rockets are in a transition mode and it is unclear which direction they will go. Do they retool and make another attempt at the Finals, or do they blow up the team and begin a rebuild? The SportsCastr News NBA team will continue their coverage of the breaking news.Tags: 76ers, Harden, Houston Rockets, James Harden, Knicks, LA Lakers, Lakers, LeBron, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, New York Knicks, OKC, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Rockets, Russell Westbrook, SCN, SCN NBA, Sixers, SportsCastr, SportsCastr News, Thunder, Westbrook Last modified: November 11, 2020