Originally Posted by franchise3
Nobody knows anything, when you really think about it. Nobody saw GSW running the table from jump street. Atlanta. Injuries to OKC. Etc. The West is an arms race at the end of the day, and Lawson keeps the Rockets in the mix and solves the biggest question mark the Rockets had. They needed a legit ball handler who could score to help Harden out. No risk considering what they gave up, for a potential huge payoff.
This is exactly what I'm saying
There is going to be some sort of shock next season among the playoff teams. Either a team wiil be much better than people are giving them credit for, injuries or whatever. Its bound to happen because it happens every year. There even may be an upset in the playoffs. The favorites going to the WCF last year before the season started was OKC and SAS. Neither team made it due to different circumstances.
OKC-SAS was the most likely outcome over the last 5 years in the playoffs
. We've seen it happen twice.
Everyone is in love with LAC now for some reason and I think they had a good offseason. But, I don't understand people putting them into the conversation with a team like GSW. They are in the same tier as HOU and MEM. I honestly think one of OKC and SAS will end up being a little lower than most expect (at least throughout the season). There is only room for 2 teams in terms of the 1st tier IMO. Then, I see 4 teams in the 2nd tier.
Is pretty much how I see it. The teams in Tier 2 have not done anything in the last 4 years or so more than the other except for the fact LAC is the only one to miss out on the WCF. The way I see it happening...you will see one of GSW, OKC and SAS in the WCF against one of LAC, HOU, MEM. I'll favor HOU and MEM until LAC proves me otherwise and get out of their bad luck slump when it comes to getting past the 2nd round.
I hope every team can be 100% healthy (or at least the main rotation) come playoff time. Unfortunately, I don't see it happening. I would rather everyone be healthy, so no one can play the "injured" card.
BTW, I really like Houston. Getting Ty for two BBQ sandwiches definitely makes them pretty damn good. I honestly would put them back in the WCF against either GSW or OKC/SAS after that move. Like every other team, their main concern is health. If Harden can kick his game into another gear with a better supporting cast, they will be pretty scurryEdited by bhzmafia14 - 7/20/15 at 7:10am