Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey thinks his team has what it takes to upset the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
“We do have a solid chance,” Morey told SportsTalk 790 on Thursday, adding that it would be hard to consider it a good chance.
“We’ve played good teams better (recently). We have players who are peaking at the right time. We have a team that’s shown that it can come together and play very high-level basketball, so we’re excited for the playoffs. We’re excited to take on what obviously will be a big challenge.”
The Warriors are coming off the best regular season in NBA history with a 73-9 record while the eighth-seeded Rockets finished 41-41.
The Warriors defeated the Rockets in five games in the Western Conference finals last season and more recently swept their three-game season series. Including the postseason, the Warriors have won 11 of their past 12 games against the Rockets.
“We were in a close game in Golden State, gave them one of their best games this year,” Morey said of the Warriors’ 123-110 win on Feb. 9.
“We feel like obviously this is going to be a very tough series. We can’t hide from that. We know they’re an unbelievable team. We know if it’s going to be a series that if we do manage to win will be close. It’s not like we’re going to win it going away or anything like that.”
Morey said he expected the Rockets’ coaching staff to come up with some new wrinkles on defense to guard Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors.
“We’re very hard to game plan for,” Morey said. “You don’t know what looks we’re going to throw at you.
“They call the NBA playoffs a chess series, so we have a lot of different chess pieces to throw at Golden State.”