In the Daily Rocket Science SCS takes a look at the Houston Rockets news and notes from around the web
Today is the day Red Nation, the 2016 post season is finally upon us! With the Houston Rockets set to take on the Golden State Warriors today at 2:30 (3:30 EST), everyone has written the Rockets off before the series even begins.
Despite the millions of doubters, the Rockets still believe they can pull off the greatest upset in sports history. Especially Houston’s MVP James Harden. On the dawn of the postseason, NBA.com staff writer Fran Blinebury illustrates the confidence the Rockets have heading into their first round date with the Warriors.
"“A lot of people wrote us off, thought we weren’t going to make the playoffs and here we are,” said James Harden. “We’re gonna take it one game at a time. We faced those guys in the Western Conference finals. Obviously, they’re playing well and we are too.”"
Hopefully, Harden realizes that playing the Warriors will not be an easy task. The Rockets are playing their best basketball of the season, yet their last three wins came from teams with a combined record of 79-167.
However, like the Adidas’ slogan “Impossible is Nothing.” So with the right game plan Houston might be able to pull off an upset. According to House of Houston’s James D’Elia, there are THREE ways the Rockets can beat the Warriors this postseason.
"James Harden is showing yet again why he is one of the best players in the league with another 30+ point performance and he is coming into form at the right time of year. Playoff Dwight Howard is gearing up for another monster series and the team seems to have a new resolve after that embarrassing loss to Phoenix Suns last Thursday. It seems the penny has finally dropped. So with the Rockets hitting their stride at the right time of the season let’s take a look at THREE things that have to happen for the Rockets to stay competitive with the Warriors."
Regardless of their first round opponent, it’s still nice to see the Rockets in the playoffs. Unfortunately, not everyone is excited about Houston’s potential playoff run. Due to their continuous regression this year, S.B. Nation‘s Tim Cato believes Houston’s first round match-up will only be a sad reminder of how far the Rockets might have fallen.
"Six months ago, this rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals would have been welcomed with the excitement of the entire NBA. After all, the Houston Rockets were clearly over matched last May, but many expected them to grow and improve from their No. 2 finish in the West and really challenge the Golden State Warriors this year. How things have changed."
Everyone is picking the Warriors in four games, but I predict the Rockets will win at least one. James Harden is too great of a player to allow his Rockets to get swept. Unfortunately, the Rockets still have no chance at winning this series. Good luck Clutch City!
Space City Scoop is always looking to add new talent to our writing team. Currently, we’re looking for individuals with a specialized focus. The first area of focus is perfect for someone who is constantly surfing the web for breaking news on injuries, trades, insider info etc. This individual would select the top news items and provide timely quick hits to keep SCS readers in the loop.
The other area of focus is someone who possesses a strong social media background who likes to interact with Clutch City Fans. You’ll promote SCS team content on facebook and twitter while also making sure to promote the best content coming from H-Town fans. If you have this capability and are interested check out this link and fill out an application.