Daryl Morey believes the Rockets can beat the Warriors in a seven-game series.
He should feel that way.
Houston's GM is "more confident now than at any other part of the year" as it relates to facing Golden State, he told Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle.
The Rockets took two of the three matchups vs the Warriors this year (Andre Iguodala did not play in either of the losses) and just completed the best regular season in franchise history.
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James Harden is the front-runner for MVP and Chris Paul had another outstanding season.
And if the two teams square off the in the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets will have homecourt.
Morey "said repeatedly the last couple of years that every waking moment was about finding a way to beat Golden State," Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace told the Chronicle. "We'll see where that goes in the playoffs, but it seems to me that he's clearly closed the gap."
The gap has absolutely been closed.
Now let's just hope that the series comes to fruition with both teams at full strength...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller