The Spurs used last year to show us how motivating a bitter defeat may be; they plowed through the group to win their fifth ring, avenging the catastrophic loss to the Heat at 2013.
On a smaller scale, perhaps that exact same narrative will perform for the Houston Rockets, who bowed out of the postseason against a Blazers club few expected would provide resistance.
The Rockets will expect to do more this year. They’ll have less to work with than they did. Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik are everywhere, thinning a spinning which didn’t have a lot of depth to shed. And, needless to say, Parsons has shifted his own Texas address.
James Harden and Dwight Howard stay, and they’ll be tested more rigorously than ever before.
If Trevor Ariza avoids the post-contract letdown so many anticipate and if Terrence Jones takes another step forward, Houston could be more harmful than it had been a year ago.
But when measured against Dallas and Golden State, whose name chances are exactly the same as Houston’s–and whose rosters improved after more remarkable playoff runs last season –the Rockets seem like the group least likely to deliver those 20-1 odds.
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