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Would one other Houston victory over Golden State tonight persuade you that the Rockets can deal with the Warriors in a playoff sequence?
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Steve Aschburner: Can? The furthest I’ll go is “would possibly be capable of.” That exact matchup, for me, is working each ends of the gotta-see-it-to-believe-it scale. I have to see the defending champions go down earlier than I’m keen to rely them out, and I have to see their main challengers truly defeat Golden State to know they’ll do it. Common-season video games – regrettably, for causes starting from accidents to scheduling to gamesmanship – don’t inform us a lot in 2019 about what’s going to or received’t occur in a playoff setting. Houston has weapons, it has its well being now and it even has demonstrated it could actually push the Warriors to a Recreation 7. Nevertheless it hasn’t executed something to guarantee us it could actually win one.
Tas Melas: I don’t want yet one more win — the efficiency in final 12 months’s playoffs plus the Three-Zero document this season leads me to imagine, that they imagine, that the ‘We Imagine’ Warriors would possibly even be in hassle. Houston is the one crew within the West that may give them an actual playoff take a look at due to their current success and the very fact they play such a unique fashion than Golden State. The Rockets’ depth and lack of reps with a few of that depth (Austin Rivers, Kenneth Faried) is a priority, however hey, it’s the Warriors — nobody is issue-free when taking part in the league’s finest.
Shaun Powell: Do not imagine the Rockets want one other victory to have the respect of the Warriors and in addition elevate the potential of a postseason upset. That is nearly the identical Rockets crew that took the Warriors to the restrict final spring, minus Trevor Ariza however plus Kenneth Faried, who brings a unique dimension. To beat the Warriors you want a celebrity (James Harden), and a sensible supporting solid (Chris Paul) and a rim protector (Clint Capela) and, in fact, hope the Warriors are off their sport.This may occur.
John Schuhmann: No.Kevin Durant will not be taking part in and the common season will not be the playoffs. The Rockets are wanting extra like the favourite to be the opposite crew within the Western Convention finals, and whereas their protection has taken an enormous step backward this season (solely the Spurs have seen an even bigger improve in factors allowed per 100 possessions), they’ve defended the Warriors higher than they did final 12 months. And the Warriors might have a more durable time flipping the swap than they did a 12 months in the past, given their very own regression on protection. Houston beating Golden State within the playoffs is definitely doable, however nothing (other than a number of accidents) would persuade me (that is a powerful phrase) that the Warriors can lose a postseason sequence … till I see it occur.
Sekou Smith: One other common season win for the Rockets over the Warriors does not persuade me of something. I noticed them deal with the Warriors final 12 months and go up Three-2 within the Western Convention finals … and nonetheless come up brief when it mattered most. Nothing will erase the picture of these Rockets, with their finest document within the league and all that “swag,” as James Harden calls it, dashed as they walked off the Toyota Middle flooring final summer season. They had been shocked it ended the way in which it did, with that futile Three-point capturing effort in Recreation 7. They have not reconstituted themselves this season or modified the way in which they play, so I do not know why there can be any added confidence of their skill to dethrone the Warriors this time round. That stated, they continue to be probably the most severe challenger to the Warriors for the second straight season.