HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – In three games against the Warriors this season, the Rockets have lost all three by a combined score of 334-286. That’s an average of a 16-point difference in each game.
Yet, as the Rockets prepare to play the Warriors a fourth time on Wednesday, Jason Terry’s not quite convinced that the Warriors are the absolute clear-cut best team in the league, despite their league-best 33-6 record.
“Well, Atlanta would have something to say about that,” Terry said. “(The Hawks) are playing very well. This thing is wide open.”
It’s a fair argument. The Hawks are 34-8 and have won 13 in a row. After starting the year losing three of four, Atlanta has gone 33-5 since. They haven’t lost in almost a full month. Teams they’ve beaten in that stretch include the Rockets, Mavericks, Clippers, Blazers, Cavs, Grizzlies, Bulls, and the Pistons twice. Also included are convincing wins over fellow Eastern Conference contenders Toronto and Washington.
So it’s a fair debate. Either way, Terry knows the Rockets need to work on their chemistry if they want to join in on that elite conversation.
“For us, it’s about how we improve on a day-to-day basis, how we continue to hold each other accountable, and how we continue to mesh and grow together,” Terry said. “Chemistry is a big, big part of this. We knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight. So for us to become a much more consistent ballclub, we just have to grind it out every night.”