Following Saturday’s 116-108 win over the Warriors, the Rockets’ Clint Capela claimed his team has surpassed the Warriors after beating them twice this season.
“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,” Capela told ESPN.com.
Naturally Capela’s comments didn’t sit well with the Warriors, who sit 3 1/2 games ahead of the Rockets in the Western Conference standings. Kevin Durant, who said after Saturday’s game that the Rockets’ win didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, responded to Capela’s claims Monday.
“They should feel confident,” Durant told reporters of the Rockets after practice. “Obviously we’re confident. We feel as though we’re the best team in the league. We can beat anyone as well.”
There are great offensive performances, and then there’s what Maxime Comtois did in his past three games for the Tigres: 12 points on five goals and seven assists. He’s has 47 points in 21 games since Jan. 11 and recently signed his entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks (he was drafted No. 50 overall in 2017).
The Montreal Canadiens draftee (No. 25 overall, 2017) scored this incredible goal in the 4-on-4 and then again in overtime to give his team a huge win at North Dakota. He added a third goal of the weekend in a 2-2 tie. St. Cloud State is the top-ranked team in the nation.
The Cavs, who have dropped nine of their last 12 games, tied a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation as they put on a poor defensive performance during Saturday’s loss.
“I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games,” James said. “They got everything that they wanted. Inside, outside — they had it moving. … It’s just a really bad, really bad loss on our part.”
Despite talks of coach Tyronn Lue being in the hot seat, James took responsibility for the team’s slump and emphasized the importance of perseverance going forward.