After the Rockets beat the Warriors on Saturday night, Clint Capela made the following statement:
"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them ... we are better than them."
On Monday, Kevin Durant was asked if he caught wind of Capela's strong words.
"Yeah," Durant answered while smiling. "It's all a part of the game. They beat us twice this year. They should feel confident. Obviously, we're confident and we feel as though we are the best team in the league and we can beat anybody as well. But we can be beat. We can be beat on any night if we don't come to play.
"We don't want to give those teams that type of confidence but we let it happen. We gotta move on and if we end up seeing this team, I'm sure it would be a fun one.
"You hear that from guys like Capela -- who's usually catching the ball and laying it up from CP (Chris Paul) or James Harden. His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can't come out there and just say sh*t like that.
"I don't expect that from CP and James and Ariza and the rest of the guys because they know how hard it is to come out there and do that every night. Capela -- catch and dunk every night so it's pretty easy for him."
Kevin Durant said he saw the confident Houston quotes postgame, not surprised it came from Clint Capela instead of Harden CP3 pic.twitter.com/86rxBr4vBp— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 22, 2018
Capela recorded 18 points, five rebounds, four steals and a block in Houston's 116-108 victory.
The Warriors (37-10) lead the Rockets (32-12) by 3.5 games for the No. 1 seed in the West.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller