‘This is the year:’ Rockets believe time to dethrone Warriors is now!
The Golden State Warriors, NBA champions in two of the past three seasons and a minute away from three straight titles, would be a greater challenge than the Rockets have faced. And, Harden was as certain, the Rockets would be ready for it.
„In order to be the best you have to beat the best. We know what’s at stake.
We know what’s in front of us. We’re ready for it. We just should go out there, accept the challenge and do what we’ve been doing all year. No different.“
The Rockets have not lost four games in a stretch of seven all season, other than in their five-game losing streak in December when Paul, Luc Mbah a Moute and Clint Capela were out through most of that stretch. When Paul, Harden and Capela all play, the Rockets have gone 50-5, including their 4-1 runs through each of the playoffs’ first two rounds.
The Warriors, however, have moved far past the injuries that marked their regular-season slide to the second-best record. To advance, the Rockets would have to send them to more playoff losses in seven games than the Warriors have had in their six-postseason series over the past two seasons.