The Rockets lost in six games to Golden State, but the point differences in the losses were five points per game. Missed FTs, missed layups, poor 3 point shooting, two more defensive stops per game and preventable turnovers per game are essentially the difference between winning and losing.
The Rockets shouldn’t have to play a perfect games to beat the Warriors. They played well enough to have won those games. Five points difference is not getting blown out by 15 or 25 points per game.
They are highly competitive and perhaps are the 2nd best team in the NBA.
They are close to the goal of becoming NBA champion, but they need more offensive balance and discipline. Rebuild around Harden with more talented players, both offensively and defensively.
Also, I not convinced that Mike D’Antoni is the right coach.