CHICAGO - In a few hours, the Golden State Warriors will march into the Toyota Center and beat the Houston Rockets in Game Seven of their Western Conference Finals.
And they will do so easily.
If you think otherwise, you are a Rockets fan in denial.
Chris Paul is a game-time decision but even if he pulls a heroic act and musters a few minutes of will and skill, he will be as useful as inserting myself in the Rockets starting five.
Without Paul, the Rockets are the Beatles without John Lennon, the Chicago Bull without Jordan.
James Harden? Nope. He isn't Houston's messiah, just a serial scorer with a history of playoffs hiccups. He loves the ball too much he often refuses to allow his teammates to touch it.
And just as a friendly reminder: This is what the bearded one did in Game 6 when a trip to the NBA Finals was on the line: 4-of 12 from 3-point range and nine turnovers. It was a feat worthy of a medal of squalor.
Eric Gordon was supposed to replace Paul as point guard. He did not give the position justice. Zero assists and five turnovers in Game 6. By losing Paul, the Rockets also lost Gordon from the bench, where he is more suited coming from.
Don't tell me that the Rockets reserves will rise to the occasion. Did you just see how the upstart Celtics melted against King LeBron and his court?
The truth is, the Warriors are simply better and have been there before. They are more powerful than Vladimir Putin. They have more nuclear weapons than North Korea.
If you're e still looking for proof about how explosive these boys from Oakland are, you don't need to go farther than Game 6 where they turned a 17-point deficit into a 29-point victory.
Golden State was destined to win this series. The better team almost always does in a seven-game set.
Losing Paul was merely an added bonus.