I realize I'm posting this a day early, but we haven't had nearly enough game threads the last couple of weeks, and we need places to discuss the day-to-day goings on of the team and outcomes of games. This game should be a win on paper. They're playing an inferior (albeit very good) Hawks team at home 24 days after Atlanta hosts Orlando tonight.
The question will be whether or not Harden plays. But it's worth noting that the Rockets just beat two solid basketball teams in a row without James on the roster. I didn't get to catch any of the Memphis game, but I saw a good chunk of the Minnesota game, and I thought they looked damn good. Brooks especially really came to play in that game, but he reverted back to his unreliable ways against Memphis.
Parsons, Lin and Dwight continue to play well, and Casspi had a much-needed breakout game last night with 16 points on only 6 shots. But Jones continues to play well and has been such a huge surprise the last couple of weeks. He's scored in double digits now in five straight games with at least five rebounds in 7 of the last 8 games and at least 2 blocks in six of his last eight.
I'm hoping Harden will play tomorrow night, but if he doesn't, this team has the talent to win regardless. They need to keep winning to keep pace with the teams at the top of the
Western Conference, but I'd be okay with them resting Harden until the San Antonio game on Saturday.