Troy Daniels was the hero for the Rockets in a season-saving Game 3 win over the Blazers on Friday, and is undoubtedly a great story.
But James Harden and Damian Lillard were the ones that did all the heavy lifting to get us to the point of Daniels’ incredible shot.
Harden continued to be inefficient in this series, but was at least a bit more aggressive in finishing with 37 points, albeit on 35 shots. Lillard continued to impress, finishing with 30 on just 16 shots, while playing 47 minutes to Harden’s 50.
It’s a duel worth revisiting, so check out the best of it in the video clip above.
With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).
Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.
It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.
The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).
Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.
Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.
His swagger certainly remains intact.