James Harden takes pictures at Lakers, “When you don’t have coronary heart, it doesn’t matter”, after a superb Sport 1 win within the playoff sequence.
Head Coach of the Houston Rockets, Mike D’Antoni and Basic Supervisor Daryl Morey went all in on the Houston small ball experiment once they traded away younger massive man Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks, to amass 6’7 Robert Covington from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
To date, the experiment appears to be like prefer it’s working as Houston beats the Lakers in Sport 1 in a blowout, 112-97 win.
James Harden believes in his small ball lineup.
In his postgame presser, Harden fired again at feedback in regards to the Houston Rockets being undersized in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers.
James Harden “I don’t know why folks preserve saying we’re small, I don’t care in case you’re 7 ft in case you don’t have coronary heart it doesn’t matter, in case you don’t have canine in you it doesn’t matter”
— gifdsports (@gifdsports)
2 of the largest issues folks had for the Rockets, coming into this sequence in opposition to the Lakers was rebounding and their protection.
Would the Rockets have the ability to seize sufficient boards to amass second probability factors and and likewise to transform on a Lakers missed basket? Would the Rockets have the ability to guard Lakers bigs resembling Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Javale McGee and even, 6’8 Lebron James?
Houston responded to each these issues in Sport 1.
How effectively do the Houston Rockets match up in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers?
To maintain it plain and easy, Houston has been nice on protection within the postseason this yr.
It was really famous that PJ Tucker has statistically been the most effective defender Anthony Davis has confronted all season lengthy.
lol Anthony Davis’ greatest defender, a minimum of statistically, this season is actually PJ Tucker
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— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh)
Tucker positively confirmed his defensive chops in opposition to Davis tonight.
PJ Tucker with the very good lockdown protection on Anthony Davis
— ContentNBA (@ContentNBA)
PJ Tucker and Russell Westbrook are identified to have that “canine mentality” Harden was speaking about in his interview.
PJ Tucker and LeBron SCRAPPING for the ball
— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak)
Robert Covington has additionally been nice at protection, notching in a pair blocks every sport whereas additionally making use of strain on the opposing massive.
When it comes to rebounds, the Lakers and the Rockets each notched 41 rebounds in tonight’s bout.