ESPN’s Jay Williams says Houston’s small-ball gives the Rockets a chance against the Lakers should the two meet in the Western Conference playoffs, and Williams likes their chances. Kendrick Perkins also noted that Houston has two MVPs in their prime in James Harden and Russell Westbrook. The Rockets moved up to No. 4 in the Western Conference with Sunday’s 119-116 win over Milwaukee, and if that holds, they could potentially meet the Lakers in the second round of the playoffs.
The Houston Rockets are one game behind the Nuggets for the No. 3 seed.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 3, 2020
On ESPN’s “Get Up” this morning, Jay Williams said he likes the Houston Rockets’ chances against the Lakers if they meet in the playoffs, potentially in the second round. Do you agree? Who do you like?
— Inside SoCal Sports (@InsideSoCalSpts) August 3, 2020
Why they said it: Houston took down a Miwalukee team that owns the NBA’s best record just a few days after the Toronto Raptors beat the Lakers, which got ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith calling out the Lakers too. But the Bucks only shot 9-of-35 from behind the arc and outrebounded the Rockets by 29 and still only lost by 3. But Houston’s a wild card. They tied the NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a regular season game with 61 on Sunday, but missed 40 of them! But, do they beat the Lakers in a series? Don’t bet on it. With the playoffs a couple weeks away, expect more silly season talk until the real games begin.
First, the @Lakers struggled to beat the short-handed @LAClippers. Now, the @Raptors are running them off the court tonight. The Champions look fresh and ready. We’re learning who really used this off-time to stay sharp and who’s been a little lax.#Hmmm!!!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) August 2, 2020
Morey saying I got 2 MVPs and bet y’all can’t stop them…and he’s got damn right!!! #TheBrodies
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 3, 2020