Well, it was a pretty entertaining All-Star weekend. The three point event saw its record broken, the dunk contest was not great but good, and there was actually a sense of competition in the main event. None of that matters to the Houston Rockets. The focus for them should and will be retaining the number one seed.
The performances and form in these last 28 games will be hugely important. With the Golden State Warriors set to come back strong, it will be a close race for the top seed in the west. The importance of home court advantage, especially in the conference finals, will more than likely be a determining factor in who will be in this season’s finals.
Although Houston has been playing elite level for most of the season, a Game 7 in Oracle Arena would be a tough mountain to climb. The Oklahoma City Thunder of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can be a testament of how advantageous home court fans can be.
James Harden and Chris Paul will have a tough ask if they are expected to defeat the reigning champs on their home court. The last time Golden State was defeated in a home playoff game was Game 7 of the 2017-2017 season finals.It took superhuman efforts by both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James to beat the at that moment defending champs by a mere four points.
The Rockets don’t have another option but to go all in. This Warriors team is in the conversation for the greatest of all time, and any advantage will be needed when facing this juggernaut.
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