Houston Rockets' P.J. Tucker admits even he finds funny all the memes about him defending Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis. After the Rockets traded center Clint Capela, they revealed their plans to play with a lineup with no traditional center.
Tucker, who originally plays power forward, stands at 6 foot 5 inch tall and he plays center in new Rockets lineup. Davis, who stands at 6 foot 10 inch tall, is one of the big men in the league and guarding him is an extremely rough thing for every defender.
But despite the height advantage and his quality, Davis hasn't had the success many expected he would have against Tucker. In Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals, the Rockets claimed a 112-97 win over the first-seeded Lakers.
Davis scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but still he didn't impact the game that much as his team hoped he would. "I laugh at all the memes and the stuff everybody comes up with," Tucker said, per ESPN.
"But you've got to play, man. It's basketball, you've got to play. Yeah, I'm short, but I'm strong and I can move my feet and stay in front of anybody. I'm not going to quit. I'm going to fight every play."
Tucker says the only thing the Rockets can do is fight
The Lakers have one of the league's best duos in the names of Davis and LeBron James. "They're going to score. Those guys are two of the best players of our generation.
They're going to score the ball. They're going to score a lot of times, but we're going to try to make it tough, try to make them work hard and try to wear them down during the game. That's all you can do, is fight.
We're fighters," Tucker added. James Harden, who scored a game-high 36 points, emphasized the importance of defense as he thinks it's the key in achieving the goal of winning it all this postseason. "Obviously if shots aren't falling for us, we have something to fall back on, and that's our defense," Harden said.
"We've been showing that. Even in that last series against OKC, there were a few games that we didn't shoot the ball well, but our defense won us basketball games. That's a great sign for our team. "Offensively, we can score with the best of them, but defensively, I think we've found it."