After beating the Utah Jazz yet again Sunday night in Salt Lake City 100-87, and taking a commanding 3-1 series lead I am left to ponder this thought.
This Houston Rockets team is much different than the previous inceptions. Even when I slide in some doubt about whether this team is an actual NBA Finals contender im constantly reminded in these playoffs that in fact, they are.
It’s not just that Chris Paul is on this roster. There is a feeling that even eventual MVP James Harden, that many are still waiting to fail in the postseason has finally figured out how to win big games in big moments.
After Game 2’s loss to the Jazz, I must admit there was a bit of a feeling that this series had the potential to go sideways for Houston. Many forget that the Vivint smart Home Arena holds a huge home court advantage for the Jazz and that there’s was a possibility Utah could steal this series away if Houston actually let them.
The Rockets proceeded to blitz the Utah Jazz in Game 3 by 21 points in a game that was never close from the opening tip. In Game 4 even when Utah made pushes to stay within striking distance, the Rockets kept them within arms length.
They now stand one win away from the Western Conference Finals berth. A signature moment it will be for Chris Paul who while he is a lock future Hall Of Famer and in my opinion one of the five best point guards in the history of this league, he has never even appeared in a Conference Final.
Three wins down. One to go. A step closer to the Warriors/Rockets Conference title matchups we have all salivated for this season.