Houston Rockets Rumors
According to basketball-reference.com’s database, there have now been 16 players since 1964 to make two or fewer field goals with at least 15 attempts in an NBA playoff game. Harden is the only one to do so in a victory. “I’m more happy than anybody right now, believe it or not, just because I’m not really worried about my shot,” said Harden, who carried the Rockets with a 44-point performance in their Game 1 win. “I had those same shots in Game 1, and they went in. In Game 3, I’ll shoot those same shots.
“But I’m fortunate to have guys like Gerald [Green] and just the entire team to have my back on both ends of the floor. I just tried to make an impact on the game in other ways, not just offensively. Happy we got the win.” Harden’s ability to defend power forwards and centers in the post has been critical to the Rockets’ switch-heavy scheme all season. According to NBA.com’s advanced statistics, Harden allowed only 0.73 points per possession on post-ups this season, ranking in the 82nd percentile of the league.
Kelly Iko: Luc Mbah a Moute says his rehab is already ahead of schedule, but doesn’t want to put a specific date on his return. Slim possibility of a return this series. #Rockets
Mark Berman: Luc Mbah a Moute (@Luc Richard Mbah a Moute): “I’m going to try my best to get back when I can, whether it’s this series, next series or whenever, but the focus is about winning game 2.” #Rockets
Tim MacMahon: Rockets F Luc Mbah a Moute said his dislocated right shoulder is “much better than last time.” He missed a month earlier this season, but he doesn’t expect to be out as long this time. He declined to be specific about a timetable but indicated the second round is a possibility.