Houston Rockets: Another Tense Series with the Jazz Coming Up

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 25: James Harden
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The Western Conference semifinals are now set and the Houston Rockets will be taking on a young Utah Jazz squad. Much like the first round, Houston will deal with youth, but they will also take on a familiar rival.

While the Houston Rockets were making short work of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round, we kept an eye on the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz.

Initially, we were under the impression that it was most likely going to be the Thunder roaring past the Jazz and into the second round. But surprisingly, the Jazz, even after blowing a 25-point lead in game five, got into the second round without Ricky Rubio.

There are three conclusions that come about from the Thunder-Jazz series that we must be assuming or confirming.

  • The Thunder definitely underachieved. Aside from the Rockets and the Warriors, they were expected to contend for an NBA championship, which they didn’t. With Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony, what went wrong for the team?
  • Like the Timberwolves in round 1, the Jazz are a young team that will not have any pressure on them in the second round. Donovan Mitchell is the real deal as I believe he will be an NBA star over the next few seasons. Plus, Utah is a better defensive team.
  • If there is a playoff series Houston Rockets fans wouldn’t mind seeing, it’s one between the Rockets and the Jazz. We’ve had some great series against the Jazz. But we’ve also had some heartbreaking moments against them too.