Kevin Durant fires back at Clint Capela for comments following Rockets win

Lynette Rowe
January 23, 2018

That's a lot of ground to make up against the defending champions, but the Rockets have shown that they can be hard to beat when they're fully healthy. The Rockets will need that confidence if they want to take down the Warriors in the playoffs, something Paul hasn't done since Mark Jackson's final season in 2014, and something Harden has never done.

While Golden State knows this is just the regular season and it should not worry too much about what happens during this time, the Warriors are by no means unbeatable in the playoffs.

"You hear it from guys like Capela", Durant said. "Usually, he's catching the ball and laying it up from [Chris Paul] or James Harden", Durant said.

With James Harden back on the court after a two-week injury absence, the Rockets are finally whole again, and that's a scary proposition for the Heat. I don't expect that from CP [Chris Paul] and James [Harden] and [Trevor] Ariza and the rest of the guys because they know how hard it is to come out there and do that every night. "When your job is that hard, you know you can't come out there and just say shit like that". "Capela, catch and dunk every night, it's pretty easy". While the comments sounded relatively brash given the Warriors' string of recent success, Durant said he kept them in perspective because they came from a player who doesn't have as challenging of a role to fill.

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Houston's revamped roster featuring Paul, Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker partnered with the franchise player in Harden has National Basketball Association fans thinking it might be an interesting series if these two squads face each other in the playoffs.

"[Talking trash is] part of the game", he said. "Obviously we're confident and we feel as though we're the best team in the league and we can beat anybody as well". We can beat anyone as well.

The Rockets are a ideal 17-0 when Capela, Chris Paul and James Harden are all in the lineup together, which has the young Houston center very confident in their ability to not only compete with but beat the Warriors in the postseason. Sometimes I feel like, in the past, we were all dragging down after mistakes.

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