The Houston Rockets got their win in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. But it was more than that. By the end of Wednesday night, Chris Paul, James Harden, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and so many others had decimated the Warriors. Your final? 127-105. But let’s curb that ‘obsession’ talk, shall we? Because Harden says the Rockets are only focusing on themselves. Per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon:
“We focus on what we’re supposed to do. We don’t really worry about who we’re playing against. Like, if we come out and be some dogs and do what we did tonight, it doesn’t matter. But if we don’t, then we see the results in Game 1. It’s not about chess match or what they’re doing. It’s about us.”
And then there’s Tucker, who would finish with a playoff career-high 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Despite the 1-seed, he knows the Rockets are underdogs. But it’s time to embrace it and beat the champs. More from MacMahon:
“There’s no doubt about it, we’re the underdogs,” Tucker says. “They’re still the champs. They’re the champs until somebody beats them. We’re underdogs in this. People were talking about us getting swept and we’ve got no shot. We’re the underdogs, and we’ve got to keep that mentality this whole series.”
But how do the Rockets keep this edge all series long?
“That nastiness, that’s the only way we’re going to have a shot to win. We definitely have to play harder than them. We’ve got to play harder and we’ve got to play smarter,” Tucker adds.
In the meantime, Game 3 tips off Sunday night in Oakland. Can the Rockets turn it up again like they did in Game 2?