So Clint Capela makes comments about the Houston Rockets being a better team then the Golden State Warriors who have been crowned champions 2 of the past 3 years. I understand beating the Warriors in your home floor but let’s remember Andre Iguodala and Omri Casspi did not suit up for that game, although Trevor Ariza was unavailable for that game also but Capela is getting a bit ahead of
himself. Can they compete in a 7 game series against the Golden State Warriors? Absolutely, but it will take Chris Paul and James Harden being healthy through a playoff run and playing at a superstar level to upset the Golden State Warriors.
The Rockets have 3 point shooting and run a Warriors like offense where the ball moves around 5-6 times before getting a shot up which has worked out quite well for them. They do have two elite play-makers in James Harden and Chris Paul and enough 3 point shooters for those two to wreck havoc on NBA defenses and make it impossible to stop them once they get a rhythm but let’s not forget the NBA Playoffs is a whole different ball game. In the NBA Playoffs teams will have to try and beat the Warriors 4 times before they beat them 4 times and the Golden State Warriors do not get discouraged when they are struggling and know how to turn on a switch on defense no team in the NBA can.
The Golden State Warriors in the playoffs will be able to adjust after a playoff loss and make adjustments and although the Houston Rockets are quite formidable they can be neutralized on the offensive end. If you can slow down Chris Paul and James Harden who aren’t the most athletic guards in the NBA who will come through and beat the Warriors? Eric Gordon? Ryan Anderson? Clint Capela? Trevor Ariza? No disrespect to any of those players but the reason the Golden State Warriors are the powerhouse and clear cut favorites is because they have two MVP level players in Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry and if those two go cold they have Klay Thompson who is arguably the best 3 point shooter in the game after Stephen Curry to pick up the slack.
Stephen Curry,Kevin Durant,Klay Thompson, and Draymmond Green are all two way players who can pass,shoot,defend,switch on defense, and move exceptional off the ball. What makes them so unstoppable is that Steve Kerr’s offense involves an absurd amount of cutting,switching, and constant movement which drives NBA defenses crazy trying to keep up, specially if you do not have the players with sufficient legs and stamina to keep up on both ends. And forget about trying to get into a track meet with them and get into an up and down game with them,that is what they actually want opposing NBA teams to do since they have the 3 point shooters and ball movement to run teams out of the gym.
To conclude I just don’t see a true challenger for Golden State not only this year but the following year also, they have unmatched chemistry and from the 1st man to the 12th man on the bench everyone knows their role and their is no drama going on or players unhappy about their roles. As much as the NBA wants to see Lebron James get over the hump and knock off the Golden State Warriors I just can’t see how he can defeat them. Lebron James refuses to buy in to playing in a system and we all know where playing his way has got him, Golden State’s defense is built to stop Lebron James’s drive and kickouts and he allows the Warriors defense to set up since he holds the ball for extended amount of periods of time and is quite predictable. We have not seen a 3 peat in quite some time in the NBA, as a matter fact we have not seen a 4 peat since the legendary Bill Russell lead Celtics, the Warriors might pull one off.