The Spurs used last year to reveal how motivating a bitter defeat may be; they plowed through the group to win their fifth ring, avenging the devastating loss to the Heat at 2013.
On a smaller scale, perhaps that same narrative will play out for the Houston Rockets, who bowed out of the postseason against a Blazers club few anticipated would provide immunity.
The Rockets will hope to do more this season. They’ll have less to use than they did a year ago. Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik are elsewhere, thinning a rotation that didn’t have much thickness. And, of course, his Texas address has been shifted by Parsons.
James Harden and Dwight Howard remain, and they will be tested more rigorously than before.
If Trevor Ariza averts the post-contract letdown so many anticipate and when Terrence Jones takes yet another step ahead, Houston could be more harmful than it had been a year ago.
But when measured against Dallas and Golden State, whose title chances are the like Houston’s–and whose rosters improved after decidedly more impressive playoff runs last season –the Rockets seem like the team likely to deliver on those 20-1 odds.
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