Things can change pretty quickly in the NBA and the Houston Rockets found that out in the month of December.
After going on a 14-game winning streak to lead the Western Conference, Houston surprisingly suffered five straight defeats and relinquished top spot to the Golden State Warriors.
A thrilling 148-142 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers in their last outing snapped this losing run but it came at a cost as superstar James Harden left the game with a hamstring injury and has now been ruled out for two weeks.
They've been unable to get Harden and Chris Paul on the court together for a consistent period of time as the latter has also missed a number of games with multiple injuries.
But as a veteran player, CP3 is looking at the bigger picture for the Rockets and wants them to focus on building a winning habit and staying healthy.
In a recent interview with ESPN, general manager Daryl Morey said they have an "obsession" with beating the Warriors, but Paul believes the franchise should look to emulate the consistency and patience of the San Antonio Spurs instead.
“It’s no secret they’re the defending champions,” Paul said of the Warriors, per NBA.com's David Aldridge.
“They’ve won the West, what, three years in a row? So until somebody beats them, they’re the reigning champs. You can do that if you want to, but it’s a league that changes. It changes.
"We were number one in the West a couple of days ago. When you’ve been around long enough, you realize it’s all about how you’re playing. Where’s San Antonio right now? They ain’t tripping. They just want to get their guys healthy.”
Having lost five of the last six games, the Texas-based outfit is in a bit of a slump that nobody saw coming with the way they were playing.
But their All-Star point guard doesn't see any reason to panic as they're looking to build something special in H-Town.
“We know what we have to do,” Paul said on Friday after a loss to the Washington Wizards. “We have to get it right. We’re not tripping because we know how we play. I’m a big believer in building and winning. I said that a long time ago.
"You don’t need to learn stuff and lose. Learn stuff and win, and we done lost a few. All in all, we came out healthy. For us, that’s part of the process. We’re cool.”
The 32-year-old will now have to take a leading role with Harden out and orchestrate their offense.
Having done it throughout his career before arriving in Houston, Paul shouldn't find it difficult to return to his former self and the Rockets should still be in good hands.