The Rockets won a wild game in Dallas on Wednesday night, 117-115, over the Mavericks, their second straight without James Harden in the lineup. The victory was big for Houston as it battles to stay within reach of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but some comments surfaced after the game that make the narrative a little more interesting moving forward. Forward Chandler Parsons, when asked about how Harden's absence affects the team, responded with some remarks you might not expect from a team in the middle of a playoff race. This from an Associated Press report published on Yahoo! Sports: ''When he's out, we have a more balanced attack,'' Parsons said of Harden. ''We run our sets and get the best shot available. When he's not there, we don't go one-on-one as much.'' The context in this situation is not entirely certain, but unless this quote had some ulterior purpose the article does not clarify, it seems a bit strange given the circumstances. For whatever it's worth, the Rockets shoot the ball at a negligibly better percentage and create a slightly improved assist rate when Harden is on the bench, according to NBA.com/Stats, but their efficiency ratings are worse by several points per 100 possessions on both sides of the ball when he sits.
Chandler Parsons: Rockets 'more balanced' when James Harden sits
SB Nation | Jan 30