James Harden, Chris Paul pairing has Rockets playing like title contenders

James Harden and Chris Paul have morphed the Rockets and have them playing on Golden State's level.

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball as Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center.(Photo: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike D’Antoni was the one who had preached patience, who told the basketball world his Houston Rockets would need time to adjust to the return of nine-time All-Star Chris Paul.

“It's going to set us back - no doubt about it,” D’Antoni told USA TODAY Sports early last month. “There’s going to be a learning curve.”

Instead, here’s what we’ve learned since the NBA’s preeminent point guard coach welcomed Paul back after a 14-game absence on Nov. 16 and reunited him with MVP...

“It’s been seamless, (even though) I thought there might be some bumps. But because of their willingness, and their knowledge of the game and their willingness to share the ball, and Chris and James both willing to be the sidekick for a play or two, then it’s worked out quicker than expected…. It’s worked out better than our wildest dreams.”

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  • Some of these people on this post don't know the game of basketball James and cp3 are not going against each other ,cp3 not going to give you 30 and 15 he's a play maker, some on here not true fans

  • Not so fast... I occasionally saw Harden was frustrated when the ball didn’t pass to him when CP3 dribble the ball. They certainly need to trust each other, and build up true chemistry. Additionally, last couple games are mediocre teams. Rockets really need to pass “Spurs” test, and then thinking about title contenders!!!
    I also glad Melo was not in this team....

  • James isn’t willing to be the sidekick lol. I love my Rockets and I love Harden. But sometimes I just cringe watching them play. It’s like CP3 brings the ball up the court and before he even has time to set up a play Harden already comes to him to get the ball.

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