Gill: Warriors Might Sweep Rockets; Series Is Over

Golden State is "a machine," Kendall Gill says, and Houston has no chance of overcoming an 0-2 series deficit

Taz and the Moose
May 02, 2019 - 10:02 am
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The first two games of the Western Conference semifinals went about as poorly as possible for the Houston Rockets. They complained about the officiating after Game 1, James Harden got hurt in Game 2, and they’re down 0-2 to a team seeking its fourth NBA title in five seasons.

Is Houston capable of winning four of the next five games against the Warriors?

“No, not at all,” former NBA player Kendall Gill said on Taz & The Moose. “Especially when you’ve got Kevin Durant playing at such a high level and the rest of the Warriors playing great, too.”

Durant is averaging 38.3 points over his last six games. Draymond Green, meanwhile, has led the Warriors in both rebounds and assists three games in a row.

Green was only so-so – at least by his standards – during the regular season, averaging 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists. The playoffs, however, have been a different story. He’s averaging 12.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists entering Game 3 on Saturday.

“Draymond Green seems to have bought his playoff game face,” Gill said. “He seemed kind of bored during the regular season, but now during playoff time – especially against the Houston Rockets, their Western Conference rival – he seems to have turned up his game. They’re just a machine right now. I wouldn’t even be surprised if they swept the Houston Rockets.”

That would be a tough pill for the Rockets to swallow, especially after pushing the Warriors to seven games last season.

“It would be,” Gill said, “especially because of James Harden’s season, the way that he went on this scoring binge, and now Chris Paul is healthy and they added a few pieces to beat the Golden State Warriors. But when you’re down 2-0, it’s not a good feeling when you brought your best effort and you’re still down 2-0.”

Click below to listen to Gill’s interview in its entirety.