Give and Go: The Rockets’ tough start, Steph Curry’s insane stats and more
In the latest episode of Give and Go, SI.com's Chris Mannix and Ben Golliver discuss the top storylines to emerge from the NBA's first week, including...
• Which NBA teams are off to the most disappointing starts? Much was expected from the Rockets entering this 2015–16 season, with James Harden and Ty Lawson in the backcourt and a talented frontcourt headlined by Dwight Howard. None of those expectations have been met thus far, and Houston is off to an 0–3 start. Each loss has been by 20 points or more, Harden has struggled from the field, and Howard has barely touched the floor. Can they recover from such a cold start?
• Kevin Love's bigger role with the Cavaliers. At times Love was the odd man out for the Cavs last year, as LeBron James captained the ship and Kyrie Irving amazed with his ballhandling and outside shooting. Cleveland has had a much easier time incorporating Love into its offense this season. He's averaging 19.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4 assists through three games—all improvements on his previous numbers. Will he continue to produce at such a torrid rate?
• Is Stephen Curry the best player in the NBA? Stephen Curry currently averages 39.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists. And his numbers from the Warriors’ first three games are just as impressive as the fashion in which he's produced them, which has sparked conversation about whether Curry is the best player in the league. Is he capable of supplanted LeBron James and Kevin Durant?