“There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they’re gonna do. But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.”
—Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, before his team’s first-round series against Houston.
Mark Cuban wasn’t alone in dismissing the Rockets these playoffs.
Well, most people thought they would beat Cuban’s defenseless (literally) Dallas, but the only reason anyone thought they would beat the Clippers was Chris Paul’s injury.
Turns out, the Rockets are in the conference finals, having completely outplayed the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7. And Cuban wanted to give them and their GM Daryl Morey their due.
Classy move, Cuban.
But now that Cuban has said something nice about Houston, it has filled his once-a-decade quota. Probably won’t see another compliment for a while.
It’s been an impressive run by the Rockets, especially the last three games against the Clippers. They’ve earned their shot at the favorite Golden State Warriors.