Ask Mike D'Antoni, and no, the Rockets don't talk much about the Warriors. Ask one of his players ... "You always have to focus on them because they've been to the Finals three years in a row and they're still one of the teams you always have to focus on," Rockets guard Eric Gordon said Saturday at NBA All-Star media day. "They're not the only team we're focusing on, but we know that we possibly could meet them in the Western Conference finals." Gordon was there because he was taking part in the 3-point contest. Sunday night, though, the team with the NBA's best record will only be represented by one All-Star: James Harden. The Warriors, on the other hand, have four. "They should have four," said D'Antoni, who will coach Team Steph in the showcase, including Harden and three Warriors. "They're the world champs. So that doesn't bother me. Now, we should have two, at least, so --" He trailed off, but let Harden pick up from there. "I got a lot to say about that," Harden said. "Everybody knows Chris Paul is on the Rockets. And the Rockets have the No. 1 [record in the league] -- how does that not happen? I know he's frustrated. He never brings it. That's why I said what I said. He's never going to bring it up. But I'll defend him for him. He should be here with me in L.A. as an All-Star." Paul's case was an intriguing one. He's been undeniably excellent -- when he's played. But for the second year in a row, the superstar point guard was omitted from the All-Star Game because of health. Paul is averaging 19.2 points, 8.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds a game with his usual excellent efficiency, but he's also missed 18 of the Rockets' 57 games.
Rockets annoyed to only have 1 All-Star as Warriors have 4
CBS Sports | Feb 18