NBA Analyst: The Rockets Can Beat The Warriors In The Playoffs

Houston hasn't lost since Jan. 26

Tiki and Tierney
March 07, 2018 - 6:24 pm

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The Houston Rockets (50-13), in case you’ve missed it, have won 16 games in a row and have the best record in the NBA. But it’s close. Golden State (50-14) trails Houston by just a half game in the West.

Still, can the Rockets beat the Warriors in a seven-game series?

“Yes,” NBA TV and NBA.com analyst Sekou Smith said on Tiki and Tierney. “It’s not a fluke what the Rockets are doing right now. Anybody that thinks it is is not paying attention. They’ve been good all year, and they came back a completely different team in terms of the DNA they have together now.”

 

 

Houston is 2-1 against Golden State this season and beat the Warriors, 122-121, on opening night in October.

“They went out on opening night and made a statement at ORACLE,” Smith said. “They made sure to make that statement then. Other then a very small dip about a month-and-a-half ago, they have not let up. They’ve been adamant about proving themselves as a group night after night. So yeah, I think they’re definitely a danger to the Warriors – and I think the Warriors understand that and they’re taking it to heart. Anybody who hasn’t, like I said, hasn’t been paying attention.”

James Harden is averaging a league-leading 31.0 points per game to go with 8.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds. Chris Paul, meanwhile, is averaging 18.9 points, 8.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds.

They’ve been one of the best duos in basketball.

“He’s going to need Chris Paul,” Smith said. “Harden is going to need Chris Paul right there with him every step of the way playing at that highest level.”

But don’t bury the Warriors just yet. After all, they’ve played in three consecutive Finals and have won nine of their last 10 games.

“I’m saying that the Rockets are capable, but they’re on a 16-game winning streak and they’re half a game ahead of the Warriors, who, by all accounts, have not played up to their own standards,” Smith said. “So what does that tell you?”