“That’s always a risk,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’ve talked about it. Everybody understands the importance of winning. In the long run, that’s what it’s all about. There will be days. Everybody gets grumpy. That’s a normal part of the job process. I think [Chris Paul and James Harden have] bought in. They know that’s how it’s going to be. Maybe you only get 28 minutes. Maybe you only get 15 when you used to get 20. Trevor Ariz playing 35 minutes a game, you might play 30. Some days, they may be grumpier than others, but basically, they’re good guys. They want to do what is best for the team.”
Storyline: Harden-Paul Dynamic
Mark Berman: Special moment for #Rockets center Tarik Black (@Tarik Black) last night. James Harden, Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute and Bobby Brown on hand to support Tarik while he had his jersey retired by Ridgeway High School in Memphis.

“Everybody was psyched up to get Chris Paul back,” Mike D’Antoni said. “Obviously, he’s going to make a big difference. Just one of those nights we played well offensively and got up big. It’s like playing golf for the first time in a long time. You go out and shoot a good score and the next three days you’re slicing all over the place. “Chris was excited and everybody was excited. It went well and Chris played really well. You can see the difference he’s going to make, especially when James Harden rests. Guys will be getting a lot of open shots and we have guys who can shoot.”