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Rockets vs Warriors: Why This Series Puts Us at an Ultimate Crossroad

If I were to flip a coin on this series I don’t think I want it to land. Or if I do, I want it to land in a crease on the sidewalk, perfectly perpendicular to the ground.

Photo Courtesy Houston Chronicle

The Rockets vs Warriors series was the playoff match up every NBA fan wanted. Not only was it a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals, it was the closest we’d seen to the end of the tyrannical reign of the Mon-Stars out west.

There was so much anticipation entering the series but now that we’re two games in fans are put in a tough spot. Who do you actually root for?

When I came across a tough decision when I was younger I would flip a coin–I still do this. I once saw a graphic that read, “Whatever you hope the coin lands on when it’s in the air is the decision you make.” Generally, I don’t pay attention to tacky Facebook graphics, but this one stuck.

But this is where my crossroads is. If I were to flip a coin on this series I don’t think I want it to land. Or if I do, I want it to land in a crease on the sidewalk, perfectly perpendicular to the ground.

On one hand you have the Warriors. They’ve been virtually unbeatable and have three of the best shooters ever. They’ve evaded major cap penalties or just decided “f––k it” and took the penalties on the chin.

It often doesn’t seem fair watching them take the floor against mere mortals. But at the same time, they’re on the verge of something historic, and I love watching history unfold.

On the other hand you have the Rockets. The team that is literally built to beat Golden State, so much so that GM Daryl Morey has said it publicly multiple times. They should feel like the underdogs that everyone loves, but they don’t.

James Harden is awesome, yet the Rockets heavy-iso style of play is hard to enjoy. On top of that, Houston seems to complain after literally every call. Complaining to the officials has become the game within the game to the Rockets.  

After Game 1 the Rockets did have some legitimacy in their gripes about the officiating. But to then release a self-audit of last year’s WCF, how can anyone root for them?

The audit suggested that the officials missed 81 fouls in Game 7, which cost the Rockets 18.6 points per USA Today.  Personally, I think the act of missing 27 consecutive three-pointers was probably more important. But what do I know?

I love the NBA’s overall pettiness, but that audit was corny.

Now we’re at the crossroad. It’s likely that one of these teams is going to represent the West in the NBA Finals. They are truly the best two teams in the conference, regardless of seeding.

I just have no idea who I want to, or should, cheer for.

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