Red Nation Roundup: It's Already a Roller Coaster

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The NBA regular season is finally here, and the Houston Rockets' roller coaster-like ways are already underway.

Let's just make one thing clear: James Harden at the point guard position will do wonders for this offense. His elite court vision along with his ability to create shots for himself at will is what lead to his 34 point, 17 assist stat line against the Lakers on Wednesday. Crazy enough, the Rockets were unable to come out of Staples Center with a season opening win under their belts. Simply put, the Rockets are going to have to put up at least an average defensive showing if they are going to win any games. They clearly failed in that department. Game 1 was a complete shootout, as the Rockets and the Lakers went back and forth, scoring at what seemed to be at lightning speed. Unfortunately, the Lakers ultimately broke loose, as D'Antoni's offense went uncharacteristically stagnant in a losing effort.

Rebounding and defense is what needed to be improved in order to take advantage of the Dirk-less Mavericks on Friday night, and that's exactly what happened. Although James Harden started off slow, chalking up his first points in the middle of the second quarter, Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon were able to carry the first half scoring load. This gave Harden time to get it going in the second half, ending with a 26-7-8 stat line, in what seemed to be an off-night for him. That's James for you. Houston won this matchup, 106-98, bringing their record to 1-1.

Through two games, Rockets fans already know how fun this team is going to be offensively, and how annoying they will be defensively. Every game has the potential to be a back and forth, fast-paced game, which is what you'd expect from a Mike D'Antoni led basketball team. One thing is for sure; NBA fans will have a ton of fun watching this team play throughout the season.

Now, as we await tonight's 7 o'clock game against the Mavericks, here are some great articles that will summarize this week's Rockets news and thoughts!

The Rockets are who we thought they were -- and intoxicatingly fun to watch | CBS Sports

Here is a fantastic article by CBS Sports' Matt Moore that emphasizes how entertaining this Rockets team is going to be. He dives into how James Harden's game perfectly fits into D'Antoni's system, and how various role players will mesh on this team. And of course, he mentions the defensive issues.

Think You Know James Harden? He and the Rockets Are About to Change Your Mind | Bleacher Report

James Harden will defy the common public perception, or misperception, and will continue to grow with Coach Mike D'Antoni to create an uber-dynamic offensive force. This article describes a layout of the transition between last year's fragmented team, to this year's new player-coach and teammate chemistry. You are about to see James Harden under a whole new light as the unquestioned leader of this team.

James Harden getting used to setting brisk pace for Rockets | Houston Chronicle

This article is all about adjustments. We all know that James has a knack for playmaking, but he still needs some time to get accustomed to setting pace. D'Antoni is known for orchestrating offenses that get shots up in "seven seconds or less", so Harden is working towards getting the ball moving at a faster rate. He'll adjust quickly, and the Rockets are soon to be firing on all cylinders.

Same old story for Rockets as defense struggles in loss to Lakers | ESPN

In this article, ESPN's Calvin Watkins addresses the many issues the Rockets showed on Wednesday night. They could not rebound, and they sure weren't playing any sort of defense. Improvement is on its way. After all, it was only 1 game.

Houston Rockets Lose Season Opener to Lakers – Lessons Learned with Video | Space City Scoop

Here is an article that provides video analysis of the Rockets display against the Lakers. James Harden and Clint Capela will be an awesome one-two punch. Ryan Anderson needs to improve his post defense. KJ McDaniels is ready for prime time.

Rockets get biggest thrill from defensive stand vs. Mavs| ESPN

After a horrible second half against the Lakers in Game 1, the Rockets were able to pick it up in Friday's win in Dallas. The Rockets proved that some stops on the defensive end will go a long way. As the Rockets erupted on offense, the Mavericks were stuck in the mud.

Three-Pointers: Takeaways from the Rockets' 106-98 win over the Mavericks | Houston Chronicle

To further analyze Friday's win, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen makes three points regarding what went right. Execution on defense. The shots were falling. And again, KJ is ready for the show.

Adidas announces James Harden's signature shoe| The Dream Shake

James Harden has finally gotten his own signature shoe. Harden and Adidas have been working non-stop on different creations since his signed with them last summer. Gear up. Become a swag champ.

Stay tuned for next week's edition of the Red Nation Hoops Roundup!


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    Let's go Rockets!!!!

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