Warriors owner: Rockets could be out before potential playoff showdown
The Golden State Warriors remain quite confident amid some end-of-season struggles brought on by a roster decimated by injuries. The latest member of the organization to exhibit an unshakeable belief in the Warriors overcoming obstacles and making a deep run in the postseason is owner Joe Lacob.
What makes Lacob’s confidence particularly intriguing, however, is how it was expressed. According to Lacob, the Warriors reach the Western Conference Finals. The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, may not, as Lacob sees it.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen. Houston could get upset if you’re so worried about Houston,” Lacob said earlier this week during an interview with San Francisco’s 95.7 The Game, via The Mercury News. “They are the best right now, there’s no doubt. They are the best team and we’re looking up to them but that doesn’t mean they’ll be there. We may be there and they might not be there. You have to prove it on the court.”
As Lacob notes, the Rockets (61-14), should be regarded as the team to beat in the west. Houston is absolutely rolling, having won 27 of its past 28 games, courtesy of a previous 17-game winning streak and their current 10-game run of consecutive victories.
The Warriors (54-20), though, are struggling, mostly due to the recent absences of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant (who is expected to play Thursday), Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, all of whom has missed time of late due to injury. Golden State has dropped two straight and six of their past 10.
But as Warriors are well aware, everything changes come postseason time. It’s which team is playing best at the time. It would appear from Lacob’s comments — not to mention what Steve Kerr recently said — that when it comes down to it, the Warriors will be the team to beat, not the Rockets. Whether that is true or not, though, of course remains to be seen.