The Houston Rockets are one win away from a likely rematch against the two-time defending champions. Will both teams take care of business next game and start the series a little bit earlier?
The Houston Rockets have looked extremely locked in to start the playoffs. Even in a game that the MVP of the league can’t hit the broad side of a barn, they still found a pull out a victory over a motivated Jazz squad last night.
Due to the slow start to the year and an unfortunate loss at the end of the regular season to the Thunder, the Rockets are the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. As arguably the second-best team in the league, that’s a tough pull. Now, they have to go through the Golden State Warriors in the second round.
The Warriors have had an interesting opening round series against the Clippers so far. They are up 3-1 (insert joke here) after beating LA by 8 this afternoon. Their one loss was a game that they blew after leading by 31 points (insert another joke here).
After the game, Klay Thompson mentioned the Rockets in his postgame interview. He stated that he wants to win the series earlier because he sees that their next opponent is up 3-0 in their series and wants them to get as little rest as possible. Here’s the full clip:
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It’s looking more and more likely that these two teams will face off once again, this time a round earlier. It will be another fun series that should certainly be a good one.
Golden State will be without DeMarcus Cousins, who had a season-ending injury in the second game of their current series. Cousins had one really good game and one really bad game against Houston in the regular season this year, so it’s tough to judge how that will affect the series.
The Klay Thompson comments are certainly interesting. Even after a big win in which he went off, the first words out of his mouth were about Houston. The Rockets are a serious threat to the Warriors once again and they seem to be taking them as such.
The Rockets have repeatedly (and vocally) made it their goal to beat the Warriors and dethrone them. With how this team is clicking right now, this really could be the year it finally happens. Let’s take care of business against Utah first, though, and get those rest days that Klay doesn’t want Houston to have.