Im interested to know what yall think our ceiling is. Objectively of course.
Not putting too much stock into last nights game. I do like that we fought our way back and a chance to win at the end but defense was below average all night.
If im being 100% honest, I dont think we can beat a healthy GS in a series more than 1/2 times. No way we beat them 4 times. Their ball movement and execution on offense is damn near flawless and they know how to limit our 3 pt shooting.
Looks like we'll be playing OKC in round 1 unless they catch the clippers which isn't a strech. I'd prefer them over LAC but neither team really scares me. I feel like we can knock either team out in 6.
Provided SA takes care of Memphis in round 1, I actually think we can beat the spurs in a series. Regular season matchups dont always project to the playoffs but we've given them the business in 3/4 matchups this year only 2 let 2 of em slip away due to 4th quarter execution. But if we do best them in a 7 game series I think thats where it ends
So my ceiling would be a west finals appearance.
I haven't placed a ceiling on the Rockets all year even in the preseason predictions becuz I didn't know how the team would mesh, if they'd stay healthy and how D'Antoni being the coach would effect the team. But seeing them play throughout this season I do believe that they have no ceiling. I feel a championship is to be had this year especially with Durant not fully at 100%.
But the only way the Rockets will be able to reach those kinda heights is on the defensive end. They have to play defense and I'm not talking about locking down a Curry or Kawhi or Klay. I'm talking about just eliminating defensive lapses and not giving up easy buckets. All those backdoor cuts can't equal lay ups for the opposing teams. And you can't keep getting lost on defense ball watching.
I believe the Rockets offense is championship quality becuz even when the 3 isn't falling they can still get to the FT line. They still have scorer's. If the 3 isn't falling their offense might not be pretty but they still can put points on the board. But the offense will not be what wins the Chip if they are to do it. It will have to be defensively.