The Los Angeles Clippers have went from a fringe playoff team to a contender in a matter of months. How do they match up against the Houston Rockets?
The Western Conference is loaded with talent once again, and the two teams in LA, along with the Houston Rockets, are arguably the three most talented teams in the conference. Since we’ve already taken a look at how the Rockets and Lakers stack up against each other, it’s time to take a look at how the Rockets and the Clippers measure up.
Last season, the Clippers actually won the season series against Houston 2-1. The Clippers beat the Rockets twice over a five-day span last October, including a 133-113 win at Toyota Center. However, Chris Paul sat out in the first game and James Harden missed the second one, so the Rockets weren’t at full strength. The team was also still trying to integrate Carmelo Anthony into the system. When the Rockets met up with the Clippers for the last time on Apr. 3, Houston won by 32 points.
One thing you have to respect about Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers is his ability to get the most out of his teams. The Clippers didn’t have a ton of talent last season, as the team didn’t send a single player to the All-Star game and LA’s two best players, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, both come off the bench.
However, the Clippers managed to make the playoffs and they pushed the Golden State Warriors, who were still at full strength, to six games in the first round, as they play hard on both ends of the floor and they share the ball. The Clippers won’t have a talent disadvantage going forward, because they made two big splashes over the offseason.
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