HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – As the media waited for the locker room to open up after Wednesday’s season finale, music could be heard booming from within.
Clearly, the Rockets were happy. They were happy to beat Utah. They were happy to win the division. They were happy to clinch the two seed in the Western Conference.
And with that two seed comes a matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. It’s a series that has endless storylines, whether it be the in-state matchup, going against former Rocket Chandler Parsons, or Jason Terry facing his former team.
Either way, the Rockets are just focusing on beating them and moving on to round two.
“He’s the enemy,” Dwight Howard said of Parsons. “We’re still going to be friends and we’re still going to kick it in the summer, but right now, him and his team are trying to end our season. And that’s our mentality – we’re not going to let anybody end our season, so we’ve got to go out there and dominate from the first game and send a message.”
“It’s not about Chandler,” James Harden said. “It’s about trying to win. The last couple of years I’ve been here, I’ve been (knocked) out the first round, so it’s bigger than one person.”
The Rockets won the regular-season series with the Mavericks 3-1, but they’re not thinking about that at all.
“Dallas will be tough,” Kevin McHale said. “Rick (Carlisle is) a hell of a coach. They’ve got a good team. We’re going to have to just play how we play and attack them. And I’m sure it’ll be a good series. They’re a very good team.”
“They’re a really good team,” Harden said. “(They have) a high-powered offense. It’s going to be a series of whoever can get stops and that’s what we rely on. Our offense isn’t always clicking, so we’ve got to rely on our defense. They’ve got a lot of weapons.”