Houston Rockets without James Harden is doing better than we would have guessed and they seem to be shining without the start, Rockets defeated Portland Trail Blazers 104-101 on Thursday and they are 5-3 after Harden was traded. With the Portland win Rockets keeps its chances to qualify for the playoffs alive being 8-9 in the season so far. John Wall contributed 20 points with 6 assists but it was, Oladipo leading the team with 25 points for the night, and Christian Wood, Rockets' recent free-agent acquisition ended the night with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Houston’s defense ranks first in the NBA in defensive rating ever since Harden departed and head coach Stephen Silas says that Rockets have a lot to prove and are finally on the same page. New Improved Rockets will now take on Spurs and Grizzlies.