There may be only one team standing in the way of the Golden State Warriors winning their third championship in four years, and it's the Houston Rockets. After defeating the Warriors, 116-108, on Saturday for their second victory in three meetings this season, Rockets center Clint Capela was feeling himself a little too much when he said that his team is better than Golden State when they're playing at the top of their game.
"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them...we are better than them," Capela said, per ESPN. When Capela's comments made their way to Kevin Durant, he conceded that any team can be beat on any given night, and that includes the Warriors. "It's all a part of the game. They beat us twice this year. They should feel confident," Durant said, according to ESPN. "Obviously, we're confident and we feel as though we are the best team in the league and we can beat anybody as well. But we can be beat. We can be beat on any night if we don't come to play."
Then, Durant took direct aim at Capela for being the one to make the claim, adding that his "job is not as hard" as, say, Chris Paul or James Harden. "You hear it from guys like Capela," Durant said. "Usually he's catching the ball and laying it up from CP [Chris Paul] or James Harden. His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can't just come out there and say shit like that. I don't expect that from CP and James and [Trevor] Ariza and the rest of the guys like that because they know how hard it is to come out and do that every night. Capela, catch and dunk every night. It's pretty easy for him."
The last thing the Rockets want to do right now is light a fire under the Warriors. Even if it may be true that Houston could be better than Golden State, one thing that Capela isn't considering is that his teammates, CP3 and Harden, have a history of falling apart in the playoffs. So, instead of trying to go after the beast, why not concern yourself with the people standing in your corner first?