Tuesday 23rd April 2019

The Warriors Should Stop Taking the Rockets Lightly

The Warriors Should Stop Taking the Rockets Lightly

Stephen Curry, who at present has an injured ankle, had a birthday bash forward of his monumental thirtieth birthday tomorrow. It seems that his Warrior teammates joined in on the enjoyable, and had a bit an excessive amount of enjoyable to return to work the subsequent day:

By canceling a scheduled follow as a result of they’re in “restoration mode,” the Warriors are signaling that they don’t have an oz of doubt they’ll have a cakewalk to the NBA title. Clearly, the Warriors consider that there’s not a single group in the NBA that stands an opportunity to beat them 4 occasions in two weeks. However they’re flawed.

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Have the Warriors checked the NBA standings recently? At the similar time they have been celebrating off land, they have been falling down the standings two video games to the Houston Rockets.

In actuality, that two-recreation lead the Rockets at present maintain is definitely a 3-recreation lead as a result of they gained the season collection over the Warriors 2-1, clinching the tiebreaker.

The Rockets have 15 video games left in the season. Of their final 15 video games, they went 14-1, and the 15 earlier than that, 12-three. It’s greater than affordable to suspect that the Rockets might not even lose three extra video games this common season.

If the final 30 video games weren’t a ok indication, how a few 35-2 report when James Harden, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela are on the courtroom collectively?

Not solely ought to the Western Convention Playoffs going via H-City be scary for the Warriors, however what the Rockets have proven this season ought to be humbling Steve Kerr’s squad immensely. The Rockets have displayed the biggest offense ever.

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The Rockets are giving up fewer factors per recreation, beating groups by extra, rebounding higher, turning the ball over much less, forcing extra turnovers, making extra three-pointers and free throws per recreation, and nicely, are profitable extra. Depth can also be not on Golden State’s aspect as their bench has been pedestrian at greatest this season.

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The Warriors have made it clear that they really feel that they are going to be going to their fourth straight NBA Finals, but when they proceed that mindset, they might discover themselves simply down 2-zero going again to Golden State in the Western Convention Finals.

Whereas the Warriors gamers could also be relying on dealing with previous playoffs variations of James Harden and Chris Paul, they shouldn’t: this model of the Houston Rockets are arguably the hardest group the Warriors have confronted since they launched their dynasty almost 4 years in the past.

Not fearful but, Warriors? Not final night time.

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