This week the spotlight is shining on Clippers fourth-year forward Montrezl Harrell. It has been a breakout season for Montrezl after signing a two-year deal worth $12 million this past offseason. The 25-year-old Harrell is averaging 15 ppg and 6 rpg in his second season with the Clippers after being apart of the CP3 (Chris Paul) trade last off-season.
So, with the opening fortnight of the NBA coming to a close, we have already learned a few things for the rest of the upcoming season: the Golden State Warriors are still the dominant team in the league, the Utah Jazz can compete with the big boys in the West, Kawhi Leonard will take control of the East, and the Houston Rockets have started with a little uncertainty.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets both suffered losses in their first games and were both looking for their first win. This was the first home game for LeBron James‘ Lakers, and the buzz was high in media across the NBA. The visiting Rockets are the top-tier of the West, while their hosts last night are stuck in the middle of the pack. However, judging by the way the game was played, it looked as if the pair were equal.
The Houston Rockets have certainly presented themselves as one of the best teams in the NBA. With a heartbreaking defeat in last season’s Western Conference Finals, will the Rockets return to their glory and perhaps make the Finals?
After an impressive year that saw the Houston Rockets break their franchise record in wins, clinch the top spot in the Western Conference, and come within a game of defeating the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets organization has had a lot to celebrate about in the last year.