Houston Rockets Daily Rocket Science: So you’re saying there’s a chance?

Dec 5, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after the Rocker scored against the Sacramento Kings in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 120-111. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after the Rocker scored against the Sacramento Kings in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 120-111. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports /

The chances that the Rockets take down the Warriors are nearly nonexistent, but I guess anything can happen? Maybe?

Eh, maybe not. I mean, technically the Houston Rockets could put it together over the next three days and become good enough to rival the best team in NBA history, but something tells me that won’t happen. The Golden State Warriors are historically good, and it took the Rockets every single one of their 82 regular season games to even clinch a playoff spot. The facts just don’t add up in Houston’s favor.

Today’s Daily Rocket Science will take a look at some predictions for the series, but don’t get your hopes too high.

Houston Rockets news and notes from around the web

I want to believe the Rockets can win just as much as the next guy, but it just doesn’t look possible. I wish I had a better expectation, but I just can’t force myself to be optimistic this time. Expanding on Houston’s chances is Ethan Rothstein of The Dream Shake, who has an even more negative attitude about this year’s playoffs than I do.

…There will be fans, in the comments section below and elsewhere, who will say the Rockets have a chance, that they’re dangerous, that they play their best ball in April and May.

Tell those fans to shut up, frankly. Last year is over. This team is much, much worse. Last year’s team played the Warriors close for a while, but still went 1-7 against them. The Rockets haven’t even lost by single digits to the Warriors all year. This series will almost definitely be a massacre. And even if the Rockets steal the series, it’s just not worth talking about the possibility because it’s such an unlikely scenario.

Despite the odds stacked highly against them, the Rockets are choosing to believe in themselves, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech. To have any sort of a chance to pull off one of the greatest upsets in NBA history, Houston will have to go into the series with the belief that they are the better team. No matter how unmerited that belief may be, it is imperative that the team isn’t going into this with defeated attitudes. Who knows? Maybe they’ll be right.

“They are the best team in the league right now,” Rockets forward Josh Smith said. “One of the best teams to ever play the game.”

That being said, the Rockets aren’t counting themselves out.

“Everyone else is,” guard Pat Beverley said. “No one thought we would make the playoffs either.”

While it’s a longshot, the Rockets say they know anything can happen, and they won’t take a defeated attitude with them to Oakland this weekend.

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In moving on from traditional analytics, we’ll take a look at the newest and most statistical method of analyzing playoff match-ups: by comparing them to Will Ferrell movies. Space City Scoop’s Anthony Nguyen assessed each first round playoff series and assigned each one a corresponding scene or movie that the comedian graced with his presence. Top of the line stuff here.

"is for sure, Arturo Mendes (Ben Stiller). The dude gives himself the most threatening intro ever, “ ” Yet is nowhere to be seen the whole fight until the end where he screams  That’s definitely a Dwight move. Dwight Howard Cómo están, b******? Spanish-language news is here. Tonight’s top story: The sewers run red with Burgundy’s blood. “POLICIA!”."

That’ll do it for today’s DRS, but stay tuned in to Space City Scoop for predictions (some of them more serious than the Will Ferrell comparisons) on how the Rockets will fare against the Warriors and what to expect in the first round and after.

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