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The Houston Rockets have already booked their flights for the Bay Area

Houston seems to have a gut feeling about who is going to be their second opponent. Hint: They play in Oakland #banners

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Two Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are flying to Los Angeles after their shocking home defeat to the Clippers in Game 5, but the Houston Rockets are headed to the Bay.

Yes, that’s right folks, the Rockets dispatched of the Utah Jazz in five games and are already anticipating the Warriors will take care of business and advance to meet them in the second round. Houston plays the winner of the Dubs-Clips series, and they’re pretty sure who is gonna win.

My favorite part of that tweet is “Rockets intend no disrespect to Clippers”. Let me give you a gold-blooded translation: “Chris Paul informed Houston’s brass that the Clippers will never win anything and he knows it from personal experience, so the Rox might as well head to Oakland.”

That’s what made the Game 5 loss so annoying. The NBA world feels the Warriors-Rockets matchup is inevitable; hell, even Klay Thompson thought so.

Right now the Clippers are like the highway patrol pulling over a gold Mazerati with a license plate that says “3PEAT” doing 155 MPH. We get it: the Warriors should be more focused and careful and not just expect to blow through Doc Rivers’ team with non-stop offense and a dash of defense.

But they are sooo close to finally shutting up those yapping Rockets (again) that they are getting sloppy with the task at hand. We all know what has ailed the champs in the last two years: carelessness. That explains the reckless turnovers, inconsistent defense, and absurd shot selection.

Remember: This franchise emerged from 40 years of despair and shame to set a new standard for dominance over the last five years. Now every...single...loss is scrutinized as though it was the proverbial dead canary in the coal mine informing Dub Nation that the dynasty is crumbling. It has to be maddening hearing the noise from desperate haters on one side and the perpetual handwringing on the other side from select members of Dub Nation (known as the Golden State Worriers). Ultimately though, it’s all more fuel for the champs.

If there’s one thing that always seems to snap the Warriors back into laser focus, it’s embarrassment. Check out head coach Steve Kerr responding to this question about what this team’s identity is:

You don’t need any gold-blooded translation for that, folks. Until this team loses 4 out of 7, they are the most feared team in basketball. That’s why the Rockets will be in Oakland tomorrow; they know the Dubs are bringing out the shovels to bury the Clippers.

I do find a perverse enjoyment in the Rockets leaving Houston to patiently wait on us in the Bay Area. They’re like an obedient hound, waiting for their master to come home and serve them dinner. What’s on the menu? The same thing it’s been the last three times they met us in the playoffs: ELIMINATION.

Breaking news, this just in:

Ruh roh, my Oakland bias is getting me far too ahead of myself, much like Klay last game. Let’s focus on the Clippers, Klay can you tell us how the team can build on Game 5?

That’s just what I wanted to hear, Klay. It’s time for the champs to take care of business and win the series. After all, they’ve got company waiting back home at Oracle. #BANNERS

Poll

How confident are you that the Warriors finish the Clips in Game 6 on the road?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Extremely confident - the Warriors had the best road record in the NBA and love sending teams on summer vacation, it’s a wrap :D
    (128 votes)
  • 25%
    Cautiously optimistic - the injuries at the center position have hurt our defensive depth, but the Clippers can’t keep up forever :)
    (106 votes)
  • 26%
    Anxious - Omg Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are unstoppable! Our defense is suspect! This might just go 7 games... :/
    (107 votes)
  • 9%
    Doubter - I want to be the first and loudest person to say I didn’t believe in the Warriors so when they lose I can brag about my basketball foresight >:)
    (39 votes)
  • 6%
    None of the above - I don’t have time to vote on this poll because I’m rushing to comment about how I DON’T LIKE THE HUBRIS DISPLAYED BY YOU, KLAY, AND COACH KERR!
    (28 votes)
408 votes total Vote Now