I know it's unprecedented and I know it seems like it trivializes the 82 game regular season, but can we all just agree that it's a mistake that the Houston Rockets are in the playoffs? Now listen, it doesn't matter who the Warriors faced in the first round, they were going to destroy them. It's not like the Rockets took a spot away from a team that was destined to make a run had they snuck in. Still, I can't help but think it would be beneficial for both parties if the NBA went to the bullpen and had the Utah Jazz called in for the next two games. The Warriors would get some real life professional competition to prepare them for the rest of the playoffs, and the Rockets can go sit in the corner and think about what they've done by finishing in the top 8 of the Western Conference.
The Golden State Warriors played without their leader and the best basketball player in the world last night and the game was never in doubt. Honestly, from the opening tip I was absolutely certain that the Warriors were going to win. How is that even possible? Educated NBA analysts picked the Rockets to be a championship contender before the season started, and they are have gotten battered by a largely Steph Curry-less Warriors team. Everyone is laughing at James Harden's paltry attempts at defense. Dwight Howard effort is being called into question (as if it ever wasn't). You have members of the opposing team comparing a game against one of the top 5 scorers in the league to a scrimmage, and I don't even blame him. Watching that game last night was like watching a preseason game. If I didn't know better there is no way you could have convinced me that was a postseason performance on behalf of the Rockets. Seriously, get a team in there that will respect the opportunity to play playoff basketball. The Rockets have been so lackadaisical, so disinterested, and so apathetic that it almost seems like these numbers should somehow be worse...