On Tuesday, the Rockets held an introductory press conference for new owner Tilman Fertitta.
He made it pretty clear what he expects from his team this season.
"To walk into this situation with James Harden and Chris Paul is unbelievable. You've got to remember the name of the game is to get to the playoffs, and this is a superstar league. You are not going to get to the playoffs every year and likely make it to the second round if you don't have a James Harden playing for you.
"You add a guy like Chris Paul, and you should get to the Western Conference Finals."
In 2015, Houston advanced to the West Finals -- losing to the Warriors in five games.
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Last year, the Rockets went 55-27 and finished in third place in the West.
They eventually lost to the Spurs in six games in the West Semis.
When you add a guy like Paul, the expectations rise substantially.
"That's the way the league's going is two or three stars per team," Fertitta added. "And you know what? If we don't get where we need to be this year with two superstars ... we're going to make good decisions, and we're going to do whatever it takes to win.
"I can promise you that."
No pressure Rockets.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
Despite the severity of Gordon Hayward's injury, there was a small bit of hope that he might be able to return this season.
It appears that won't happen.
Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night and is "unlikely to return this season," his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.
"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein told ESPN.
The Celtics' prized offseason acquisition suffered the terrifying ankle injury just five minutes into his Boston debut on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia.
After playing in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Celtics returned to Boston for their home opener on Wednesday against the Bucks. Prior to the game, a 30-second video message from Hayward to the fans was played in the arena.
“What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said. “I’m going to be all right. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight.”
First, there was #ChinaKlay.
Now, there is #FakeKlay.
In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.
A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.
"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."
So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.