The Houston Rockets are under huge turmoil right now. After a tumultuous offseason, their 2020-21 NBA season is mirroring their struggles as of now. They are coming off a convincing 124-111 beating by the Denver Nuggets.
They have been missing their star point guard, John Wall, since the season began. It all started when Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and a few others went for a haircut at a teammate’s apartment. Kenyon Martin Jr. who was among the group tested positive for COVID.
And even though Wall and the rest of the group returned negative tests, league policies stipulate a 7-day quarantine for such occurrences. Hence, this ruled them out for the first two games. So how exactly has Wall’s absence hurt the Rockets?
The Rockets have continued their trend of leaking points from last season. Though they never have been a defensive-minded team, they sought to put that right this season by acquiring John Wall from the Washington Wizards.
Elaborating on the Rockets’ reliance on Point Guards, they need him back for his playmaking abilities too. Without him, James Harden has been taking the load of the primary ball-hander with the inept David Nwaba by his side. Harden has been leading in assists for the first two games.
Wall’s career assists average of 9.2 is one of the best in NBA History. He will take the brunt of responsibility in that department and free Harden from the playmaking burden and allow him to do what he does best – score points.
Fortunately, there’s light at the end of the tunnel for them. The players are finishing their quarantine period and are scheduled to return for their next game. Having Wall back against the Sacramento Kings is a tremendous boost for them.
They need to get their season underway. Opening their account with Wall running the floor will restore some positivity and hope to the franchise.
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