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James Harden says playoff opponents ‘don’t even matter’ to Rockets

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Despite the flurry of offseason moves that made Western Conference teams much stronger, Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is excited about their chances of winning it all in the 2019-20 NBA season.

In an interview with 97.9 The Box, Harden was asked which team is his preferred playoff opponent. The former NBA Most Valuable Player, however, pointed out that all he cares about is his team and insisted that they are ready to face anyone in the postseason.

“We focus on ourselves,” Harden said. “We’ve got so much talent in that locker room, and our organization is so great. We don’t pay attention to other teams. We just focus on what we control, our team, and being the best we can be. Whoever we face, let’s get it on.”

Fans and experts alike believe that the race for Western Conference supremacy is wide open after several teams shore up their roster this summer. The Los Angeles Clippers successfully acquired superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, while the Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their lineup by trading for Anthony Davis.

The Rockets also made a blockbuster move, acquiring Russell Westbrook in a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harden feels that Westbrook’s arrival and the fact that they were able to keep their core puts them in a position to have “something special” next season.