BOSTON — Nearly 5 months right into a rocky grind of an everyday season, the Houston Rockets resemble the contender-caliber crew that James Harden anticipated them to be.
“It feels actually, actually good to sort of have a full roster and catch a rhythm,” Harden stated after the Rockets’ 115-104 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday, which prolonged the NBA’s longest energetic win streak to 5 video games. “This can be a good time for it.
“We’ve not had a chance to push, push, push. This can be a good time to push, push, push and catch a groove going into the postseason.”
The Rockets have had an extended win streak this season, once they reeled off six wins in a row in late December and early January instantly after Chris Paul suffered a strained hamstring that sidelined him for greater than a month. However Houston knew that success wasn’t sustainable and that a wholesome, productive Paul was wanted for the Rockets to make a deep playoff run.
Paul continued his greatest stretch of the season with a 15-point, six-rebound, 12-assist, three-steal efficiency in Sunday’s win over the Celtics. The Rockets’ streak began when Paul had 23 factors and 17 assists to cause them to a highway win over the Golden State Warriors, regardless of Harden sitting out as a consequence of a cervical pressure.
Middle Clint Capela remains to be working his method into peak kind after lacking 15 video games earlier than the All-Star break as a consequence of ligament injury in his proper thumb that required surgical procedure, and key midseason pickups Kenneth Faried (hip) and Iman Shumpert (calf) did not play Sunday as a consequence of nagging accidents. Nonetheless, Harden thinks the Rockets’ items are becoming higher than they’ve at any level this season.
James Harden continues his stellar play as he drops 42 factors, main the Rockets to a spectacular 115-104 win over the Celtics.
“We’re catching a rhythm,” stated Harden, who scored 42 factors within the win over the Celtics. “All through the course of the 12 months, we have been having lots of accidents, lots of ups and downs, however we’re lastly catching a rhythm on each ends of the ground, and it feels nice.
“We’re lastly wholesome, and it feels good. We’re profitable. Guys know their roles. We’re executing defensively. We’re serving to one another out. We’re speaking. That is what it is all about.”
The Rockets, who have been 14th within the Western Convention standings after stumbling to an 11-14 begin, are 38-25 and one recreation out of the No. three seed. Houston is 19-9 when Harden, Paul and Capela all play, together with 5-1 for the reason that All-Star break.
“Everyone knew we weren’t going to complete 14th,” stated ahead PJ Tucker, the Rockets’ defensive stopper who had a important steal to seal the win over the Celtics. “That was out. We simply needed to discover ourselves — new crew, new roster, lots of various things. We stated all 12 months, even once we have been 14th, that we’re simply going to maintain chipping away at it, maintain attempting to play our greatest basketball till April after which get able to roll.
“We do not care what place we fall in. We simply wish to be enjoying our greatest basketball when the playoffs come.”