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Rockets’ James Harden on Eric Gordon: ‘He takes a lot of burden off me’

James Harden, Eric Gordon, Rockets

The NBA’s hottest player currently resides in Texas, as Houston Rockets guard James Harden continues to steamroll the competition in what has become quite the one-man show.

However, despite the fact that James Harden typically seems to carry the Rockets solely on his back night in and night out, the presence of fellow guard Eric Gordon certainly helps the cause.

“Not a little. It takes a lot of burden off me,” Harden told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “He’s so offensively gifted and talented — being able to shoot the basketball, being able to get to the rim, being able to make plays for others. You get a guy like that on the floor with you, it makes the game easier for not only myself, but for everybody.”

However, in order for such a burden to be properly lifted, Eric Gordon must return to his healthiest form. Gordon has been nursing a bruised right knee and continues to progress each and every day so it appears.

“I play 30-something minutes a night,” Gordon said. “For me to feel good today going forward is a big step. The injury I was dealing with was tough. You have to see where your body is. When I go out there and play, I don’t really worry about my body and all that. I just try to do whatever it takes to win. I try to make no excuse at all.”

The Harden and Gordon-led Rockets are 26-19 so far on the season, good for fifth place in the brutal Western Conference. The team recently defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, with Gordon banking the game-tying 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime.

Gordon is averaging 16.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for Houston, while Harden continues to lead their rise with 35.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.5 assists per contest.