The Rockets' season came to an end on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.
Following the loss, interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff opened his press conference with some initial thoughts on the whole season, and the end result.
"To me, this is about the opportunities that we had the entire year, that forced it to come down to this game, that forced it to come down to us being the eighth seed," Bickerstaff began. "For me, and for all of us, I hope this was a learning experience. The importance of seizing every opportunity that you're given. Taking full advantage of every situation that you're in.
"These years in the NBA are priceless, and these years in the NBA aren't guaranteed to anybody ... unfortunately, we didn't do enough of that this year. And that put us in the eighth seed, it put us in a very difficult position to play against the best team in the history of basketball."
The Warriors went 73-9 during the regular season -- breaking the 1995-96 Bulls' single-season record of 72 wins.
Last year, Golden State won 67 games to earn the No. 1 seed in the West and Houston came in second place with 56 wins.
The Warriors beat the Rockets in five games in the Western Conference Finals.
This year, the Rockets struggled out the gate, and fired Kevin McHale after a 4-7 start.
Bickerstaff was named interim coach, and the Rockets clinched the No. 8 seed on the final day of the regular season.
Bickerstaff's status with the organization is unclear.
But one thing is clear in his mind -- even without Steph Curry, the Warriors are a very good basketball team.
"They're still one of the best two teams in the Western Conference, in my opinion," Bickerstaff added. "Their depth -- I can't think of a team that has as much skill, as many guys who can put the ball in the basket, and as many guys who are two-players, as this team has.
"They bring in Brandon Rush off the bench -- he's a dead-eye jump shooter. They're running plays for him and he's knocking them down. Mo Speights, Ezeli, you go down the list of those guys on the bench -- they bring a Finals MVP off the bench."