Recall the Western Conference Semifinals between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets from earlier this year. The Clippers took three of the first four games from the Rockets in the series, and looked like they were on their way to a showdown with the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Then, everything seemed to come together for Houston. Behind James Harden playing like a superstar and guys like Josh Smith and Corey Brewer stepping up in big ways, the Rockets were able to win the final three games in the series and win the semifinals 4-3. Of course, next up was a meeting with Golden State, which dispatched Houston in five games en route to an NBA Championship.
According to former Clippers big man Glen “Big Baby” Davis, a different team would have won the 2015 title had Los Angeles taken down Houston. This is because, if LA advanced, it would have taken down the Warriors and represented the conference against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sure, it’s nice that Davis was so confident in his old teammates, but it’s fair to think that the Warriors would have dispatched of the Clippers about as easily as they took down the Rockets. For one, Golden State beat Los Angeles three of the four times the two teams faced off last season, and although the games were generally close, it’s hard to imagine that LA would have been able to beat one of the best teams of all time four times in seven games. And sure, you can probably argue that Los Angeles had the only starting five that could match up to Golden State’s, but with the Warriors’ significant bench advantage, you can probably assume that they would have worn down the Clippers in a manner similar to how they wore the Cavs down in the Finals.
Maybe things would have bounced a bit different and Davis would have been right, but it’s hard to imagine a scenario which involves Los Angeles taking down Golden State.
[Via CBS Sports Network]