by Yusuf Gadlin
Only a fool will count out the Houston Rockets. Then again, only a fool will argue why the Houston Rockets can beat the defending world champions Golden State Warriors.
Guess I’m a fool.
The Houston Rockets finally earned a victory over the Warriors, albeit by one point in Game 3 in the first round of these boring playoffs. James Harden finally went off for 35 points, Dwight Howard had a respectable game with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Donatas Motiejunas chipped in with a emotional 14 points, 13 rebounds and his unexpected tag team partner Michael Beasley scored a smooth 12 points in 21 minutes.
Now its time for the rest of the Rocket boys to join the party in game 4, especially since we all know Stephen Curry will make his return from his mysterious but secretive ankle injury.
I’m calling Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith, Cory Brewer, and Jason Terry to the stand. Where is the three point shooting that this team desperately needs. All four went a combined 4-14 from the three point line in Game 3, inexcusable, because these guys are better than that.
Four-time champion and TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neil religiously preaches it’s the “others” that help teams win championships. obviously besides the Warriors supporting cast there isn’t a better others than former champions in Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry. The unexpected explosion from a Josh Smith is still a possibility, and the energetic Cory Brewer needs to become a menace in the passing lane for the impossible to turn possible.
I’m banking that these guys show up big on Sunday and even the series at two apiece. Dwight Howard still can play better, James Harden has to prove that he won’t activate his invisibility powers from here on out. Regardless if Stephen Curry returns, this series is about to be a dog fight. Either I’m a fool for writing this or you fooled yourself thinking the Rockets can’t beat the Warriors in this series.