Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni thinks his staff can compete with the two-time defending champion Warriors.
Houston battled Golden State within the Western Convention finals in 2017-18 and held a 3-2 collection lead earlier than finally falling in Sport 7. The 2 groups have an opportunity to satisfy once more within the playoffs this season.
The Rockets began slowly however have turned it round and enter play Wednesday in third place of the West. In the meantime, Golden State is as soon as once more main the convention.
“Properly, I assumed we had an excellent crack final 12 months, so I don’t know — we’ll see,” D’Antoni lately told The Athletic. “I’m assured, as I used to be after we had been 11-14, that we’ll give them a run.
“Now they could beat us. They’re the most effective staff. They’re the champs proper now. They’ve confirmed it, and so they’ve acquired nothing to show.”
D’Antoni stated he hasn’t seen a lot of the Warriors since they re-signed heart Andrew Bogut final month.
“They’re totally different, a lot totally different,” D’Antoni stated. “They’re even totally different with (Bogut). And you understand they’re going to show it on, however we simply — we like what we’ve acquired.”
Houston opened the season with an 11-14 file. D’Antoni, nevertheless, stated the staff by no means misplaced confidence in itself.
“We by no means misplaced religion,” D’Antoni stated. “The gamers by no means misplaced religion. And I saved telling them, clearly it’s nice that you just don’t lose religion however should you suppose you’re OK y’all are loopy. We’re not OK, however we will likely be OK, and you must have that confidence.
“They simply saved believing, saved going, and so they had been actually good. …They knew they had been going to show it round.”
The Rockets will enter their matchup with the Clippers on Wednesday with a 50-28 file. They’ve 4 regular-season video games remaining.