After the blockbuster four-team trade that sent James Harden to Brooklyn from Houston, there were many questions left about how the Rockets would move forward.
Heading into the season, they traded for John Wall in exchange for Russell Westbrook, then acquired two talented big-men in DeMarcus Cousins and Christian Wood and kept the other core pieces of the team in Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker.
However, that line-up is expecting to have the 2018 league Most Valuable Player (MVP) on the team as their main guy but now that they traded him away. How is the best basketball team in H-Town doing?
In the four-team trade, the Rockets acquired Victor Oladipo from the Pacers, Rodions Kurucs from the Nets and Dante Exum from Cleveland and multiple future draft picks.
Now, almost two weeks since the trade, only the Cavaliers and the Nets have greatly benefited from the trade so far as Indiana is still waiting on Caris LeVert who is still recovering from his surgery on his kidney.
But what about Houston?
Well, since the trade went down the Rockets have improved steadily.
Although Wood and Wall haven’t played a lot games with Oladipo as they sat out in multiple games, the likes of Gordon and Cousins have started to be more confident on the floor.
Gordon is back to his former scoring form as he’s been averaging 17.7 points in the six games that he played since Harden’s departure. Five out of those six games, he scored 20 or more points. Cousins on the other hand is almost averaging a double-double with 9.0 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Meanwhile, in the four games that Wood played after the Harden trade, he’s averaged 24.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. In the three games that Wall has played since the trade, he put up a 24-point performance in the game against Washington.
In their recent game against Portland, it was the first time that the Rockets had their new squad in full force and the new look H-Town squad did not disappoint.
Houston took the win over the Trailblazers, 104-101, after pulling off an amazing 20-point comeback.
Oladipo erupted for 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Wood had monster double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds and Wall had a stellar all-around game of 20 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Gordon came off the bench and added eight points and four rebounds while Cousins had six points, four rebounds and three assists.
Oladipo looks very comfortable in his new home as he’s been averaging 22.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals.
Houston started the post-Harden era by losing three straight games but they bounced back and have now won four-straight games and they have a shot to extend it to an 11-game win streak as the teams they’ll be facing in their next seven games aren’t playoff contenders.
The Rockets will take on New Orleans, Oklahoma (back-to-back), Memphis, San Antonio, Charlotte and then the Pelicans again.
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