Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Rockets preseason should be classified as a success. In seven games they only scored less than 100 points once, and in four games they put up over 120 points. If there is only one thing to be taken from the preseason, it’s points will be scored in bunches.
“It’s real easy for us to play around each other,” Ryan Anderson said. “I think we have a great group that really feeds off of each guy.”
The easy play comes from the chemistry that the team developed in the offseason through summer workouts that James Harden organized. The whole team was able to meet and learn the offense weeks before training camp even started. The end result was a well-oiled machine in the preseason.
Head coach Mike D’Antoni’s goal is for the Rockets to be the best offensive team in the NBA and with the firepower the team has he just might get his wish.
The three-point shooting for the Rockets this season will get a boost with newbies Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson playing prime roles on the team.
The offensive style of give the ball to Harden and get out of his way has now been chucked for much more play-making. For the first time in Harden’s career, he will be flanked in the starting lineup with deadly shooters.
The goal now is to carry over the progress made in the preseason to the games that actually count.
“I think as the season goes on I think we will get a lot more comfortable with each other and it will look a lot more better,” Harden said of the offense.
The first test for the Rockets will Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. They will face the new-look Lakers with head coach Luke Walton at the helm of a very young team, and for the first time since the mid-1990’s Kobe Bryant will no longer be in uniform after retiring at the end of last year.