Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks FREE LIVE STREAM (7/31/20): Watch James Harden vs. Luka Doncic in NBA re
The Houston Rockets, led by guard James Harden, face the Dallas Mavericks, led by forward Luka Doncic, on Friday, July 31, 2020, (7/31/20) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Orlando, Florida.
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Here is what you need to know:
What: NBA regular season
Who: Rockets vs. Mavericks
When: Friday, July 31, 2020
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena
Time: 9 p.m. ET
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It took some time, but the Houston Rockets finally have their two stars back and are focused on making a deep run in the playoffs.
The Rockets traveled to Florida on July 9 without James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Harden arrived five days later, citing “family issues.” Westbrook revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus and didn’t arrive until Monday. He and Harden were on the floor together for the first time two days later.
Despite all of that, the Rockets are confident that they will be ready to go when they re-open their season July 31 against Dallas.
“We have as good of chance to win this as anybody,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “At the end of the day, it’s going to come down to big players making big plays, and it’s always that way. We’ve got two of the best, if not more.”
The Rockets have already clinched a playoff spot and are tied with Oklahoma City for fifth place in the Western Conference. They will play eight games to determine seeding for the postseason.
“We don’t have any fans, so it’s you versus us and we’re going to have to figure it out,” Harden said. “If you’re fourth seed, fifth seed, sixth seed, it doesn’t really matter. For us, it’s about being in shape and making sure that our offense and our defense are crispy and we’re all on the same page.”
Westbrook, who is in his first season with the Rockets, can’t wait to get going again after such a long layoff. The NBA season was suspended March 11 because of the pandemic.
“I’m very eager,” he said. “Just being home and being by myself for such a long period of time, away from my family and my teammates and the organization, so I’m definitely excited to get back on the floor and get things rolling.”
Westbrook said his only symptom of the coronavirus was a stuffy nose and he believes he will be ready to go since he was able to work on his conditioning during his time in quarantine.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)