If Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are showing the Houston Rockets something more than just splashing nets in the Western Conference Finals, it may be that it takes two — or more — to tango. Golden State’s extraordinary guard tandem — aka the splash brothers — have been spectacular against the Rockets. The only player on the floor who’s been equally terrific is the Rockets James Harden. For all the myriad intangibles, one thing this series has clearly shown is what Golden State already knows: two all-star guards are better than one.
With former Rockets guard Jeremy Lin entering free agency after his single unsatisfying season with the Lakers, the question for Houston may be: is Jeremy Lin that guard? Lin played well in Houston. He got shipped out mainly because his expiring contract was too valuable to ignore. If Houston’s Patrick Beverley were still healthy, the conversation might be different and Harden might not look so alone out there. But 30-something veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni, despite their strong play, aren’t bets for the Rockets future the way the 26-year-old Lin might be.