James Harden is pretty confident in his ability but will he and the small ball Houston Rockets have enough to tackle the power of the Los Angeles Clippers?
Three years ago, Chris Paul was shipped to the Rockets in a deal that will for the foreseeable future link the two franchises. The Clippers received Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, integral pieces to their title bid this year and CP3 was flipped for Russell Westbrook this past offseason. So who wins in the long run? It appears to be the first to win a championship.
The road to that championship must go through the insane Western Conference playoffs. Right now the Rockets sit in the fourth-seed, three games behind the Clippers who are slotted second. Not only is this game must-see, but it can help swing the pendulum in playoff placement.
The Rockets will come into this game as winners of six of their last seven games. The Clippers are winners of five straight and but dropped two of the three matchups with Houston this year.
So, which will go down? The game tips off Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.