Apr 10, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. The Spurs defeated the Rockets 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets fans are still stinging from what felt like a course in Gregg Popovich Psychological Warfare, but entering today there are a couple of things to remain focused on :
ONE: Daryl Morey needs to utilize all of his ability and open the bank account to hire the best shooting coach in the Association!
TWO: James Harden is still in the running for MVP though his chances definitely slipped with the back to back losses to San Antonio. I will say I find it incredibly insensitive of ESPN utilizing the Headline: “Spectacular Fall” especially considering prior to the 2 games versus their Texas rivals the Rockets were one of the hottest teams in the Association on a 9-2 run. And for the record they lost last night by ONE POINT to the team who are on a 10-game win streak and have been beating their opponents by over 20 points a game.
Tim Duncan’s game winning block on Harden…Or was it a foul? https://t.co/RqARgoKN0j
— Sports Vines (@TheSportsVines) April 11, 2015
THREE: Perhaps most importantly there remains 2 to 3 games to play for the teams ranked 2 through 6 with the potential to still affect their overall position. Though it’s likely the Division hopes are gone given the series records versus their opposition and current tie break results (differences with the conference and division records) the Rockets could still find themselves with a home court advantage.
Of note: I’ve excluded Golden State who are guaranteed the top seed and home court throughout the playoffs (they’ll play either New Orleans or Oklahoma City) and Dallas who are guaranteed to finish as the seventh seed.
Let’s take a look at the teams in the mix, their remaining games, their current position and their likely playoff foes
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