Kevin Durant fires back at Clint Capela for claiming the Rockets are better than Warriors

The Houston Rockets have made no secret of their desire to dethrone the Golden State Warriors in the west this season, with general manager Daryl Morey even claiming they have an “obsession” with it.

On Saturday night, they showed that they can pose a serious threat to the defending champions as they secured their second win against them in three meetings this year.

The Rockets are definitely seen as the closest challengers to the dominant Bay Area franchise and are well equipped to give them a run for their money if they meet in the playoffs.

Houston possesses a huge amount of self-confidence and this was once again evident as center Clint Capela claimed that they are better than the Warriors after they defeated them at the Toyota Center.

“I think that if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do on defence — all the switches, the weak side — and keep playing our offence by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them,” Capela told ESPN after the game.

“We are better than them. … We’re definitely the best in the league with everybody healthy.”

Of course, it didn’t take long for these comments to find its way back to Oakland and Kevin Durant took it upon himself to fire back at the Rockets big man.

“You hear that from guys like Capela,” Durant told The Athletic. “Usually, he’s catching the ball and laying it up from CP or James Harden. His job is not that hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can’t just come out there and say s**t like that.

“I don’t expect that from CP [Chris Paul] and James [Harden] and [Trevor] Ariza and the rest of the guys because they know how hard it is to come out there and do that every night. Capela, catch and dunk every night, so it’s pretty easy for him.”

The Rockets have belief in themselves throughout the roster and it’s no surprise that they’re making bold statements like this as they’re chasing a championship.

But having reached three straight finals and won two titles in the last three years, the Warriors will remain the best team in the west until somebody beats them.

But the men from Texas believe they are the team to do it and a Western Conference Finals showdown between them would be a mouthwatering series.

Hopefully, these petty barbs between the opposing players will create a mini-rivalry that will add to the spice if they do come up against one another in the postseason.

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