OAKLAND, California – on the face of Clint Kapel, a big smile broke out when he was asked about the significance of the Houston Missile Collection of a series of regular seasons against the Golden State soldiers.
It was not as courageous as in the same circumstances of last season when he told ESPN that the missiles were the best team. He decided to express his confidence, not expressing any words that could appear on the bulletin boards in lockers protecting double champions.
"We have a team that has a great potential," the Capella said after missiles wrecked 118-112 on Saturday at Oracle Arena, despite the domination of James Harden's MVP's lack of flu-like symptoms and cervical neck strain.
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"Obviously, this is just a regular season. I'm not going to get out like last year. I'm going to stay focused on one game at a time and think about the playoffs, because we all know that in the playoffs this is a completely different atmosphere. "
The missiles won all three meetings with the Warriors this season without Chris Paul in their first visit to the Oracle Arena and without Harden in this regard. They will have the chance to complete the regular sweep season on March 13th in X & 19659002] This is happening in the X'Juston pushing the Golden State to seven games in the semi-final of the western conference of last season, as a result, many in the organization of Rockets called the "bonfire of the championship", after the Rockets built lead series 3-2 before Paul came up with tense sublimation.
Rockets have the full right to weigh The fact that they can defeat the soldiers in the playoffs, but they are well aware that they do not mean anything if they prove it in the post-season.
"I sincerely believe that we are their hardest rival," said guard Eric Gordon, who headed for 25-point missiles. "We must continue to play in an attempt to become a championship team. They know who they are. This is another game for them, but this is a special night for us. "
The night began with a 15-0 rocket jump, pouncing on the Golden State team, which may have been lying down to sleep with Harden staying in the hotel team. Lead X & # 39; Yuston increased to 20 points, and the "Rocket" survived the "Warriors" rally before closing the game, guided by Paul's steady hand, who finished with 23 points and 17 high-level seasons. A hidden mood, not a holiday, in the locker room It was a rocky season for Rockets, which entered the season with the mentality of the championship or bust, only To dig a huge hole with a slow start.
X'Juston (34-25, West in the West) had too much work left to get an over-excited victory over the Warriors, even without Harden, whose historic The band of 32 consecutive 30-point fixes has been suspended.
"This is a good win," said Mike D & # 39; Antony, Coach of the Rockets. "We played well. They did not play so well. Especially in the first half they did not play very well. Perhaps they did not see Harden and went "Oh". Sometimes you have a disappointment. There are all the reasons, but everything we know is – we move on to the next.
The success of regular seasons of missiles against warriors means "nothing," according to Paul. ] "You can come here and win on the night of Monday in February or Tuesday in November or December, but in the playoffs when you have to win four or seven times," Paul said. "It's great we won tonight, but two days later, you will forget about it. We will all be."