Are the Rockets Ready for the Regular Season?

One of the more highly anticipated teams to watch in the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season is the Houston Rockets. The new season marks the reuniting of two of the game’s best players – former league MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

The pair are two of the most dangerous, most prolific scorers in the league. Westbrook might not be ready for next week’s season opener with Milwaukee. In Houston’s final preseason game against the Miami Heat on Friday night, Westbrook re-injured dislocated fingers on his right hand.   

Westbrook had been dealing with dislocated fingers throughout the preseason. In the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game, he lost the basketball and grabbed his right hand. He immediately left the floor and went to the locker room. He had scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, and had four assists before his exit.

Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni said that Westbrook will be fine and should be ready for next week’s season opener. Westbrook will have a few extra days to rest up. Houston doesn’t face the reigning Eastern Conference champion Bucks until Thursday night.

Harden, on the other hand, appears to be his usual self. In the Rockets win over the Heat, Harden shot 12-of-26 from the field, including 8-of-16 from 3-point range, and ended up with 44 points. He played 35 minutes and scored 18 in the third quarter alone.

Austin Rivers played just seven minutes against Miami before being taken out due to neck soreness. Rivers did not return. D’Antoni said that Rivers should be fine and, like Westbrook, ready for the Thursday opener with Milwaukee.

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