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The Rockets reflect on how the Warriors cost them their dreams last year

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What happens to a dream deferred by 27 straight missed three-pointers?

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

One of the best things about being a long-time Golden State Warriors fan is watching the team rise from the scrap heap to the top of the NBA. The journey has plenty of benefits including: more national TV games, more hype around the Bay Area, yearly summer championship parades, etc.

My absolute favorite part, however, is hearing the pain from our terrorized rivals. That’s why Ric Bucher’s collection of interviews from the Houston Rockets bemoaning their collapse in the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the champs caught my eye, and sent the endorphines pumping through my bloodstream.

“For us, we feel like (the Warriors) are a team that cost us our dreams,” Rockets wingman Gerald Green said.

“I hate going into that building,” Rockets GM Daryl Morey said (about Oracle Arena). “I’ve been there a lot, and they’ve go the better of us. I’m excited for the new building. A 17-point lead is nothing in their building.”

“It’s tough to erase (the memory of last year) because you knew you had that chance,” Rockets guard Eric Gordon said. “It lingers. I know every year is different, but I believe we still have the best chance of any team of possibly beating them.”

So satisfying for those of the gold-blooded persuasion.

Still, they’ve won two straight regular season games against the champs, and I’m sure they would love to win a third straight against the Golden Empire in an attempt to erase their nightmares.

Should be a good one tonight, folks!