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Charles Barkley: Forget Game 1, Rockets will beat the Clippers
Charles Barkley: Forget Game 1, Rockets will beat the Clippers

Monday night's Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals should have been an easy win for the Houston Rockets. The Clippers were playing without their superstar point guard Chris Paul, and they were coming off Saturday's exhausting Game 7 of their first-round playoff series against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, which featured 31 lead changes. The Rockets, on the other hand, had been resting for six days after beating the Dallas Mavericks in five games. Before Monday's game, Charles Barkley made it very clear who his pick was. "The Clippers got no chance," Barkley said on TNT. "I didn't think they had a chance with Chris Paul." ...

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