OAKLAND, California – Clint Capella's face broke a big smile when questioned about the importance of Houston Rockets for the regular season against Golden State Warry
Capella deliberately It was not as courageous as it was in such circumstances last season when he told ESPN that rockets are the better team. He agreed to express confidence without saying any words that could end up on the message boards in the dressing room of the two champions' champions.
"We have a team that has a lot of potential," Kappela said after the missiles took off victory 118-112 on Saturday at the Oracle Arena, although he was ruled by MVP James Harden for lack of sympathetic symptoms and neck tension in his neck. "We have a lot of guys who are capable of a lot of defense and assault."
James Harden, the striker, was fined $ 25,000, NBA reported on Saturday as public critic Judge Scott Foster after Houston lost to the Lakers on Thursday.
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Rockets have won or all three meetings with the Warriors this season. without Chris Paul in his first visit to the Oracle Arena and without Harden on that occasion. They will have the opportunity to complete the regular wash on March 13th in Houston. matches in the semi-finals of last season's Western Conference, the result of which many of Rockets's organization is called "championship maiming" after the rockets built a 3-2 series lead before Paul went off with a tough mutilation.
Rockets have a full right to believe they can defeat the Wars in a series of playoffs, but they are aware that it does not mean anything unless they prove it in the Poseidon.
"I really believe we are their hardest opponent," said guard Eric Gordon, who led the missiles with 25 points. "We have to keep playing by trying to be a championship team, they know who they are, it's another game for them, but that's a special night for us."
The night began with the missiles lead by 15-0, who was attacking a team at the Golden State, who might have been sleeping while Harden stayed in the hotel team. Houston's lead rose to 20 points, and Rockets resisted the Warriors' Rally before the game ended, led by Paul's solid hand, which finished 23 points and 17 high season assists.
A mood, not a holiday, in the dressing room of the visitors. It was a rocky season for the rockets that entered the championship or bust mentality season just to dig a huge hole with a slow start.
Houston (34-25, fifth in the West) too much work to do to excite too much of the victory over the Warriors, even without Harden, whose historical series of 32 consecutive performances of 30 or more points detained.
"Do not do too much of this This is a good win," Rockets coach Mike Antoni said. "We played well. They did not play well. Especially during the first half they did not play very well. Maybe they did not see Harden and disappeared "O." Sometimes you have disappointment. There are many reasons, but all we know is to move on to the next one.
The success of missiles against the Warriors means "nothing," according to Paul.
] "You can come here and win on Monday night in February or on Tuesday night in November or December but in playoffs when you have to beat a team four out of seven times," Paul said. "It's great that we won tonight, but in two days you will forget this, and we will all do it."