Kendrick Perkins explains how Westbrook will get the best out of Harden in the playoffs

Tuesday on First Take, Kendrick Perkins and Max Kellerman discuss the impact Russell Westbrook will have on the Rockets and specifically James Harden when the playoffs get started. Perkins goes on to say that Westbrook will keep James Harden from feeling like he has to carry the load, and he believes that's what caused Harden's struggles in previous playoff series. Also, he feels like Westbrook will be able to hold James Harden accountable in ways other players couldn't. Check out the video to learn more.

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With Gerrit Cole recently being named as the biggest cheater in the history of baseball, we discuss how refreshing it is to not see a current Astros player listed. Has the Astros most recent World Series changed the common narrative about the team from a national perspective?

Plus, is Jim Crane getting enough credit for trying to bring back as many pieces as he can for next year?

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