Houston Rockets: Five bold predictions for the 2017-18 season

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: James Harden
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HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 25: Houston Rockets James Harden and Chris Paul
HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 25: Houston Rockets James Harden and Chris Paul /

The Houston Rockets 2017-18 season is right around the corner and I’ve got five bold predictions for you to sink your teeth into.

In our first installment of the “Too Soon” series, we looked at the Houston Rockets rotations. I gave you a bonus “bold prediction” teaser at the end because I care about you. This week, we’re jumping right in and doing FIVE bold predictions. These predictions will undoubtedly be wrong, don’t hold them against me.

Here’s the first:

 1.  James Harden will miss at least 10 games because of injury

Harden was a workhouse last year. Out of a full 82-game season, Harden gave 81 games at 36 minutes per game. Offseason photos shows that Harden is in the best shape of his life. He’s strong, he’s sturdy, and he’s been incredibly durable.

The problem is that injuries are an inevitability in the NBA. Houston was insanely lucky last year regarding injuries. For the most part, the Houston Rockets were healthy and extremely competitive. This allowed their starting unit and primary contributors to gel and produce.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Houston is in position to challenge the Warriors and will likely wind up taking the second-best record in the NBA. Houston’s addition of Chris Paul will easily buoy the Houston Rockets in case of a James Harden injury, so fans need not worry.