Steph Curry Admits the Rockets Remind of Him of a Young Golden State

The Houston Rockets might be the form team in the NBA, but Steph Curry is unperturbed by their confidence. However, he admits the franchise is beginning to show the same traits that saw the Golden State Warriors claim two titles.

The Rockets have the best the record in the NBA and Wednesday's 105-92 win against the Los Angeles Clippers on was Houston's 14th in a row, the longest 100-percent streak of the season.

Speaking on Tuesday, Rockets' guard James Harden said he believed this would be his team's season.

"This is the year. For sure," the 28-year-old said in an interview with ESPN's Jovan Buha.

"This is probably the best team I've ever been a part of, from top to bottom. The chemistry that we have, included with the coaching staff—I mean, we're having a lot of fun."

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Stephen Curry has won two NBA titles with Golden State. Getty Images

Curry admitted the confidence oozing out of Texas was similar to the mentality the Warriors adopted in 2015, when they clinched a first NBA title since 1975, having not reached a final in the four intervening decades.

However, he insisted the Rockets' mentality was a natural development of their improvement as a team.

"What are they supposed to say? If I was in the same shit I'd say the same thing," the two-time NBA champion said ahead of Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards, as reported by Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

"We were probably saying the same thing four years ago when we were chasing our first championship. I would either think they're lying or be seriously concerned if they were saying anything different than what is being rumored they're saying, [with] their confidence and all that."

Curry scored 25 points as the Warriors beat the Wizards 109-101 to move onto a 48-14 record, the league's second-best record and just 1.3 points behind the Rockets in percentage terms.

Houston has won two of the three meetings between the two sides this year and has been singled out as the team that could end Golden State's three-year stranglehold on the Western Conference.

The Rockets have the league's second-best offense behind the Warriors' and have the 10th best defensive record, the only team alongside Golden State and the Toronto Raptors to be ranked in the top 10 at both ends of the court.

Meanwhile, Harden is the league's top scorer with 31.3 points per game and many pundits' favourite to scoop the MVP award.

When Chris Paul and Clint Capela are all in the starting line-up alongside Harden, the Rockets boast an incredible 30-1 record. When Houston beat Golden State in January, Capela bullishly declared the Rockets were a better team than the defending champions.

However, while the Rockets have so far done their talking on and off the court, Curry insisted the duel everyone expects to see in the Western Conference finals was far from a foregone conclusion.

"There is so much time before we battle it out—not just with Houston but with all those teams in the West, fighting it out for the conference," he added.

"Everyone gotta have that confidence, whether it's rational or not."

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