As everyone saw last night, James Harden can't win the conference finals all by himself. The last shot was obviously going to go to Harden which the Warriors took advantage of and double teamed him to secure the 99-98 win in game 2. The Warriors have found a way to stop Harden which basically means stopping the Rockets at this point because the Rockets don't have an answer other than Harden. For the Rockets to somehow comeback from these two losses heading to Houston for game three, Dwight Howard needs to be healthy. In game 2, Dwight Howard was not 100% due to a leg injury that happened in game 1. It was only 35 minutes before tipoff that Dwight decided to play which doesn't send a good message at all. Even though Dwight put up 19 points and 17 rebounds, the stat sheet doesn't show the effort or the hustle that was missing from him last night. Andrew Bogut dominated on the defensive end coming up with huge blocks to keep Harden from scoring inside the paint as much as he usually does. A measly 14 points and 8 rebounds doesn't show him justice for what he did out there on the floor for the Warriors. The stat sheet does not show everything that happens in a game. For instance, there are players like Noah for the Bulls and Allen for the Grizzlies who are out on the floor for defense. There are also other players that possess the role of bringing a lot of energy to the floor. Stat sheet can't show other forms of contribution.
That being said, Dwight Howard is going to have to become more isolated inside the paint in game 3 if the Rockets want to somehow win a couple of games, which I don't see happening. The reason that the Rockets are not considered an elite team is because they don't have any supporting cast. Pablo Prigioni is not going to get it done coming off the bench as your number 2 point guard. They do have some awesome players that space the floor for the and let James Harden do work, but that's not how you win an NBA title.