The Rockets took down the Warriors on Saturday night in a thriller in Houston that suggested the West’s No. 2 team just might be the first to really test Golden State for conference supremacy this season. Chris Paul’s signing this past offseason is the change most point to as the biggest difference between this year’s Rockets and last year’s team, but if you ask Warriors’ star Kevin Durant Houston’s improvement goes beyond just the addition of the superstar point guard.
The Houston Rockets are only 3.5 games behind the Warriors for not only the best record in the Western Conference, but also the entire NBA. They’ve managed to survive week-long stretches without either Chris Paul or James Harden in the lineup, but when Paul, Harden and Clint Capela are in the lineup together Houston is a ridiculous 17-0.
According to Kevin Durant, what makes the Rockets special is more than just the two-headed monster of Paul and Harden, but the entire collective that GM Daryl Morey brought together this season. Durant explained to the media after a 116-108 loss on Saturday to the Rockets, that what makes the Rockets different is their attention to detail on the defensive end and the improvement of guys like Capela.