James Harden reveals what Houston can still improve after blowing out Thunder in Game 1
The Houston Rockets have no intention of sitting on their laurels despite blowing out the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of their first-round playoffs matchup. Rockets superstar James Harden recently provided an impromptu post-game analysis of the things his team can work on entering Game 2.
Ever the perfectionist, Harden was still able to nitpick a number of details that he feels the Rockets should work on following a lopsided win over the Thunder:
“Just off the top of my head we gave Chris [Paul] two open looks just dribble shots that he hit in front of our bench,” Rockets guard James Harden said, via Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “We can be better with our boxing out. Obviously Steven Adams is a big guy. He’s really good offensively, as far as rebounding. So we got to help with that. Dribble penetration. Knowing who’s on the floor when they have five guys on the floor. Like you said we’ll watch film and we’ll get better at it and Game 2 we have to be even better at it than we were in Game 1.”
“Off the top of his head” Harden was already able to provide a number of compelling issues that he feels the Rockets can do better at in the next game. This speaks volumes of Harden’s elite basketball IQ, as well as his competitive drive.
James Harden finished Monday’s win with a game-high 37 points on 12-of-22 shooting, along with 11 rebounds, and three assists, leading his team to a dominant display in the opening game.
The Rockets will still be missing the services of Russell Westbrook for Game 2 on Wednesday, so Harden will need to be his usually dominant self again in order lead his team to another important victory in their second meeting.