The Houston Rockets didn’t land Carmelo Anthony, but they did land Chris Paul, and one All-Star to join James Harden is better than none.
Paul debuted as a member of the Rockets in a preseason game Tuesday — fittingly, against Anthony, Paul George and the Thunder. The final outcome hardly mattered, but just in case you’re wondering, the Rockets pulled off a 104-97 win.’
By all accounts, the Paul addition should work well.
“On the first possession of their preseason with Chris Paul, Paul ripped a steal from Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton,” wrote Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “The Rockets flew into a fast break. Paul passed to James Harden for a 3. Adjustment process complete.”
Paul finished with 11 points and seven assists. Harden scored 16.
“In some ways, the Rockets did not look very different from last season, hitting 20 of 42 3-pointers through three quarters before the bench took over and dramatically outplaying Oklahoma City’s second unit much as they had in the playoff series,” Feigen wrote.
Veteran Rockets guard Eric Gordon (21 points) also fared well in a reserve role.
“You can see our blueprint,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters. “They (Harden and Paul) could switch off. Eric Gordon didn’t miss a beat. A lot of good stuff.”