Changed the culture of the franchise and turned Harden into a defensive stud.
Houston is winning games without 2 of their top 4 players in Beverly and Dwight, incredible job by Harden Ariza and McHale.
Morey ball finally works, best system in the leauge
Houston gonna win it all
Haha, don't forget Terrence Jones. He was averaging 14/8 and 2 blocks before he got injured. A lot of people say the Rockets have only been doing well because of how relatively easy their schedule has been compared to the other top NBA teams. Most of them don't even know that the team has been without 3 of their 5 starters for a while. Dwight has missed 5 games, Beverley has missed 8, and Jones has missed 11. That's a lot of games without your core players. In the time those guys have been gone, the young guns like D-Mo, and Isaiah Canaan have all stepped up. They were huge against the Kings. They combined for 42 pts, 12 rebs, 7 asts, and 7 steals.
What's changed so much about the Rockets from this season compared to last is our defense. All the guys (even Harden) are giving effort on that end, thus the reason why we're one of the top teams in ppg allowed. I'm just really happy that James Harden is finally giving a shit about playing defense. You don't know how good it feels that he actually tries to stay on his man. He hasn't been perfect and there have been plays where his defender beat him, but it honestly doesn't happen as much as it did last season. Overall, this season Houston is a much more balanced team. Last year we were all about just playing offense. Just shows how important defense really is.
Anyway, onto Ariza. Aside from his mini shooting slump, he's been great for us. A really nice, under-the-radar signing. He plays great defense every single night and at the same time he can give the team some threes. Perfect 3 & D guy.