Here’s how things have gone for the Houston Rockets since Chris Paul did this in Stephen Curry’s face in the Western Conference Finals in May:
An hour later, Chris Paul got hurt, and never played in the series again.
The Rockets lost the final two games by double digits.
To start the offseason, Houston signed 33-year old CP3 to a max deal. A guy who, since playing 82 games in 2014-2015, has played 74, then 61, then 58 games, and he’s gotten hurt in the playoffs twice.
Then they lost Trevor Ariza to Phoenix. Yes, he shot 0-of-12 in Game 7 against the Warriors, but he was an above-average defender, and their best two-way wing.
Then they lost their 2nd best two-way wing, Luc Mbah a Moute. So vital during the season as a reserve, he shot 36 percent on 3-pointers (like Ariza did). He got injured late in the regular season and missed the first round of the playoffs. His shoulder injury hampered his offensive use against Utah, and he couldn’t shoot right. The Rockets saw that continue early vs Golden State and didn’t play him.