Welp. The Houston Rockets were in a great position to take the Western Conference semifinals to a seventh game, and perhaps even win the series outright this weekend with the Golden State Warriors losing Kevin Durant for at least the next week.
Instead, they blew a seven-point fourth quarter lead on their home floor for the season to end in brutal fashion. And once again, Rockets GM Daryl Morey took to Twitter, like he has the last four years, to congratulate the Warriors.
Just brutal. Warriors fans might as well celebrate the occasion with a holiday. After all, Golden State now beats Houston on an annual basis in the playoffs around this same time each season.
Friday's loss marks the fourth time in four years that the Rockets had their season ended by the Warriors dynasty, falling in five games during both the 2015 and '16 postseasons, with the '15 loss in the conference finals and the '16 series in the first round.
A Game 7 loss without Chris Paul in last year's conference finals seemed to convince the Rockets, their fans, and even the NBA consensus that CP3's presence would equal an ultimate triumph against the current league kingpins. Instead, a shorthanded Golden State continued their excruciating dominance over a Rockets side so desperate to get past this real-life boss battle.
It's a loss that will sting in the Lone Star State for quite some time and leave more questions than answers for Morey to contemplate.