Hawston – The faces of the Rockets franchise preferred to wait until the Golden State warriors broke their first-round ticket to discuss the rematch with the dynasty that eliminated Houston last season.
James Harden refused to answer the question of the Warriors at the beginning of the missiles, which won a 100-93 victory in game 5 on Wednesday to eliminate Jazz Utah, saying he would wait and see what happened in the Golden State series with Los Angeles. Clippers.
That was Chris Paul's plan until Clint Capella missed the truth.
"That's what I want," said Capella, the center of the rising star who set up titles last season, announcing to ESPN that he believed the rockets were better than the Warriors when they performed well. – I want to face them.
Clippers prevented the Warriors from giving Capella the desire – at least for the time being – like LA. extend the series with a 129-121 road victory over Golden State in Game 5 later on Wednesday.
Paul, who was sitting next to Capella, after Harden held a press conference, replied with a sigh. Paul, a reasonable veteran, security guard, immediately realized that Capella's confident comment would become viral.
"Look," said Paul, looking at a reporter. – You can not wait to hear it.
But Capella, who bounced off a disease that affected the bad performance in Houston with 4 points with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in the closing victory, continued. He saw no reason to hide the fact that Rockets hoped to get another crash in the Wars as they were eliminated from the Golden State in the 7th match of the final of the Western Conference last spring.
"We're working on it all year round," Capella said. "I think if you want to be a champion, you have to win the champion. So at some point you have to do it, do not you?
This point was made by Paul, who missed the last two matches of last season's West End due to the hamster's hurt, the injury that many in Rockets are convinced of costing an NBA championship.
"Yes, make sure you did," said Paul, meaning the full context of Capella's desire to see the Warriors in the second round.
"CC says the best: a real conversation To get to the place you're trying to get, you have to go through them, they are the ruling champions who run the West for five years now."
Rockets, best known for their Hildon-led historic elite crime, have won their way to the second round in a pedantic style against the dominant defensive jazz.
Following the opening of the series with a pair of home routes, Rockets scattered offensive in the last few games where Harden acquired an average of 26.0 points (more than 10 less than his league average) at 32.3% shooting. But Rockets played precious defense in the series, holding jazz to less than 100 points three times in the series, though some Utah shootings helped.
It was enough that several defensive stops were the key players in the winning rocket game. After Houston stayed one and 54.8 seconds left, Eric Gordon stole the ball from Donovan Mitchell, the jazz star that Gordon suffocated all series, especially during Mitchell's 12-point shooting, 4-in-22 shooting, five-round exit at Monday. After PJ Tucker sank into a pair of free kicks, Harden pulled the ball out of Rudy Gobert's hand when the big Jazz came up for a swing, which essentially ended the Utah season.
– We did not do that [many] strikes as we wanted to attack, but these last games we stuck our defense hat, "Harden said, who finished a match 5 with 26 points on 10th-26 shooting despite the start of 1 in 11 and contributed with three theft. four blocks, "This will lead us to the goal, shooting is extra, it's a bonus, if we keep it as if we guard and break our blows, it will be very difficult.
Of course, it was hard to beat the Playoffs in the last five seasons in which the only loss of her series came in the NBA finals in 2016. This is a challenge that rockets will easily embrace.
He does not worry Houston that a meeting with the Warriors will come in a series last season, the result of Rockets's fall on the fourth seed of the Western Conference on the last day of the regular season after spending months digging the hole created with 11-14 start. The sooner, the better, some missile figure.
"I do not mind playing them so early," Gordon said. "Everyone will be fresh, I'm glad no one is injured, we'll get everyone ready so I'm glad where we are now."
Missile coach Mike Antony tried to postpone the discussion of revenge with the wars, saying it was premature. However, he could not resist weight for just a bit.
"You know, we said throughout the year that we would take it back," said Antoni laughing, referring to the Houston slogan this season. – Well, well. I guess we'll get him back.