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NBC SportsTalk: Rockets happy with Harden, but are they a playoff team?

Nov 1, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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The Rockets looked like the big winners in the James Harden deal after opening night, where Harden poured in 37 points and 12 assists in leading Houston to a win over the Pistons.

But let’s not get too carried away just yet. Harden definitely had something to prove in his first career opening night start, and beyond that, he did all his damage against a Pistons team that once again appears headed for a season which will land them in the draft lottery yet again.

Houston was obviously happy with Harden’t initial performance, but over the course of the season, can Houston’s new acquisition be consistent enough to take them to the playoffs?

Check out the video above as Erik Kuselias and Chris Mannix discuss Houston’s chances during a recent segment on NBC SportsTalk.

  1. money2long - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    it’s hard to be a playoff team when your roster boasts a bunch of good bench players playing heavy minutes. but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a good run. underdogs are dangerous and at the very least, the players in houston actually try to play hard. anything can happen.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      I swear man, everything you say is on the money.

      • money2long - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:57 AM

        aha. thanks bro!

      • sellahh - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:32 AM

        everything you say is true, so why not press thumbs down

  2. abchome - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    The 7th and 8th spot in the West are wide open, and the Rockets definitely have a shot.

  3. skinsfanwill - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Fall for that fools gold if you want to. Just like the Lakers and Boston are in trouble because they lost . Houston is going nowhere fast. Harden can’t do that every night.

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