Any speculation that offseason additions and in-season injuries would impede chemistry on the Rockets belonged to spectators, according to the men on the court. They enjoyed a month of training camp. Chris Paul, as the point guard of his generation and nicknamed by his admirers as the "point god," runs pick-and-rolls innately. He, plus P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, are veterans, who have played long enough to know what it takes to work well with others. Saturday night against the Knicks was just the second time this season that the Rockets have been at full-strength, able to play ideal first- and second-rotations, since an opening night victory over the Warriors. Chemistry, experience, know-how—the Rockets say it all was there without each of them being on the court together. "We don't think, 'Oh, how's our chemistry?'" Tucker said before playing the Knicks on Saturday. "We figure it out on the go, especially with a team with all vets, who know how to play." Ryan Anderson was unaware the Rockets had not been fully loaded since opening night. "I guess, so, yeah, it is crazy to think about," he said. Their opponents around the NBA did not doubt the Rockets' immediate threat to the league. "This is a unique team compared to a lot of the league," said Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, who had coached for three seasons in the Western Conference with the Suns. "The way they shoot the 3s, how James (Harden) and Chris (Paul) really control the pick-and-rolls and can just throw it out to all these guys that are spaced out 6, 8 feet behind the 3-point line." The Knicks acquired Forward Doug McDermott from the Thunder in an offseason trade involving forward Carmelo Anthony.
Rockets rolling at full strength; chemistry not an issue
Houston Chronicle | Nov 28