For almost three years, the Golden State Warriors have claimed the crown as the best, or one of the best, teams in the NBA and it was never even arguable.
However, this year, the Houston Rockets are putting their foot right into their door, and they're looking to knock that door down.
As of Wednesday, March 7, the Rockets extended their streak to 17 straight wins after a 110-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
So, let's just get it out of our system --
The Rockets are nasty.
I mean, you have All-Star and elite passer Chris Paul at point guard, MVP candidate James Harden at shooting guard, NBA veteran Trevor Ariza at small forward, tough-guy P.J. Tucker at power forward and dominant baller Clint Capela at center.
With this kind of starting lineup, it's almost terrifying, to be honest, and it's amazing how easily these players have clicked with one another this past season.
This season alone, Harden is averaging 31 points, five rebounds and two assists while Paul is averaging a solid 18.9 points, five rebounds and 8.1 assists.
When Paul got traded to the Rockets, we all knew that this pairing was going to be ridiculous, but we didn't know it was going to be that ridiculous.
And it's not even like Houston is beating the easy teams or the teams they're "supposed" to beat, they're beating really good teams.
Ten of the 17 wins have come against teams with winning records and more than half aren't even at home, they're away.
Moreover, the Rockets aren't just about offense, they're about defense as well.
Whether or not Houston can last against Golden State in a seven-game series is the question, but, for sure, there's nothing that says they can't compete.