Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said he’s obsessed with beating the Warriors.
That attitude has only percolated in Houston, culminating with Clint Capela saying the Rockets were better than Golden State. But if Morey is concerned his preoccupation with the Warriors set the wrong tone, he didn’t show it Wednesday night.
The Trail Blazers beat Golden State, giving Houston the NBA’s best record at the All-Star break.
Most teams would refuse to give the Warriors the satisfaction of acknowledging their superiority to the rest of the league. I appreciate the Rockets being so open about reality.
The Warriors are the team to beat in the Western Conference. Houston achieving its goals this season means going through Golden State. Home-court advantage would only help, and Portland’s win nudges the Rockets a little closer to that.