Rockets vs. Clippers a Strikingly Odd Series to Consider

After the Los Angeles Clippers went up 3-1, it seemed the series was all but over. After grinding out a first round victory over the Spurs, it felt as though the Clippers had finally arrived. With Chris Paul as their leader and a solid supporting cast, they had the experience and talent. Blake Griffin supplied the star power and highlight reel jams, DeAndre Jordan brought the defense and Jamal Crawford added some timely scoring. The team as a whole appeared to finally have developed the mental maturity to earn a deep run into the playoffs. Alas, we were all of us deceived.

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Somehow, Los Angeles figured out how to squander an entire season worth of progress. With a substantial series lead, they let their season, hopes and aspirations slip out of their grasp. As it turns out, the team that might have given the Warriors something to fear still lacks what it takes to win a championship.

On the other hand, the Rockets may have turned over a new leaf. Even when the odds were stacked against them, they refused to give up. The team showed a resiliency and spirit that was sorely lacking last year. This season however, Houston’s players each respectively showed a solid effort on the defensive and offensive ends. Free points weren’t routinely given away by lack of attempt on defense this year. On their way to winning three in a row, the Rockets practically blew the Clippers away. In game five they dominated throughout. Game six, they stole a game on the road with an impressive comeback. Game seven, they outplayed and out hustled a LA team that seemed defeated before things even got going.

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The Rockets surely deserve their trip to the Western Conference Finals. They flat-out dominated the Clippers in much of the last three games of the series. Houston showed not only superior mental resilience but all around team play as well. It will be exciting to see how the Warriors react to the new mindset of Houston.

Landin Murphy covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Landinfitness

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