The Houston Rockets made his way to the 1st seed in the Western Conference and the best record in all of the NBA, assuring that they will have home court advantage all through the playoffs regardless of the rival.
Houston hasn’t won the NBA Championship on a very long time and they’re looking like a lock to finally end that drought this season after they won 65 games with a 34-7 home record and a league-leading +8.5 point differential.
Still, some people aren’t giving them enough credit and believe they’re once again going to choke in the clutch, but today, we’re actually going to give you the top 5 reasons why the Houston Rockets are going to win the Championship.
Houston has thrived with a very long rotation throughout the whole season and every addition the team has made has fitted perfectly with their philosophy and could light it up on any given night they find themselves with a hot hand.
The Rockets feature mainly standout shooters of the likes of Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green, Joe Johnson, Chris Paul, James Harden and Ryan Anderson, as well as some nice wing stoppers as PJ Tucker and Mbah A Moute, a nice combination of grit and scoring.
4. Golden State’s Struggles
The Golden State Warriors have been the team to beat for as much as 3 consecutive seasons and several insiders believe they’re just about to peak, but truth to be told, the Dubs haven’t looked nearly as dominant as they were the prior season.
Houston is perfectly built to matchup against Golden State, while Stephen Curry’s status is still up in the air and it’s likely to be kind of rusty following some time sidelined with an ankle injury, so it’s finally the Rockets opportunity to dethrone them.
3. They Can Beat Anyone In The Eastern Conference
The Toronto Raptors have looked terrific all year long, but they’re known for their choking and they’re simply no match for the Rockets fast-paced offense and top-notch defense, although they may give them a bit of a fight.
Nevertheless, the Raptors would still have to beat the Sixers in order to make it to the Finals, as well as praying they don’t face the Cavs, with LeBron having them in his pocket for almost a decade now.
2. Mike D’Antoni
Mike D’Antoni’s coming off his Coach of the Year season and he might as well take the award home again this year after he’s succeeded to implement his signature fast-paced offensive system with the Rockets breaking all kind of three-point shooting related records.
D’Antoni’s a veteran coach and has been great making adjustments when needed, and his coaching staff has made an incredible job turning the Rockets from a mediocre defensive squad into a dominant team in both ends of the hardwood.
1. Chris Paul And James Harden
Chris Paul has always failed to lead his team to success in the playoffs and hasn’t even made it to the NBA Finals despite being considered one of the greatest two way point guards in the history of the game, so you know he’s keen a desperate to prove that he’s got what it takes to go the distance.
On the other hand, James Harden has also disappeared during the postseason all of his career so he’s got the mission and responsibility to prove that he’s not just the league’s MVP, but also one of the greatest scorers this game has ever seen, and he’s playing the best basketball of his career right now.