James Harden & Dwight Howard need the Others

Houston Rockets Media Day 2013

HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 27: Dwight Howard #12 and James Harden 13 of the Houston Rockets poses for a picture during Media Day on September 27, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

by Yusuf Gadlin
Only a fool will count out the Houston Rockets. Then again, only a fool will argue why the Houston Rockets can beat the defending world champions Golden State Warriors.
Guess I’m a fool.
The Houston Rockets finally earned a victory over the Warriors, albeit by one point in Game 3 in the first round of these boring playoffs. James Harden finally went off for 35 points, Dwight Howard had a respectable game with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Donatas Motiejunas chipped in with a emotional 14 points, 13 rebounds and his unexpected tag team partner Michael Beasley scored a smooth 12 points in 21 minutes.
Now its time for the rest of the Rocket boys to join the party in game 4, especially since we all know Stephen Curry will make his return from his mysterious but secretive ankle injury.
I’m calling Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith, Cory Brewer, and Jason Terry to the stand. Where is the three point shooting that this team desperately needs. All four went a combined 4-14 from the three point line in Game 3, inexcusable, because these guys are better than that.
Four-time champion and TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neil religiously preaches it’s the “others”  that help teams win championships.  obviously besides the Warriors supporting cast there isn’t a better others than former champions in  Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry. The unexpected explosion from a Josh Smith  is still a possibility, and the energetic Cory Brewer needs to become a menace in the passing lane for the impossible to turn possible.
I’m banking that these guys show up big on Sunday and even the series at two apiece. Dwight Howard still can play better, James Harden has to prove that he won’t activate his invisibility powers  from here on out. Regardless if Stephen Curry returns,  this series is about to be a dog fight. Either I’m a fool for writing this or you fooled yourself thinking the Rockets can’t beat the Warriors in this series.

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