The Rockets and Warriors played three times last season. The Rockets blew out the Warriors in Houston, and took the first meeting in the Bay Area thanks to some Patrick Beverley heroics. The Warriors stole one back in their building in an OT win to stop the Rockets' 7-game winning streak. Houston was on a back-to-back, and battled back after trailing most of the game, but of course the story was how awesome Golden State was. I'm not bitter.
The Warriors have looked pretty unstoppable in preseason so far. Not that it matters, but it's a good sign for a team that was looking for depth constantly last season. It's possible that they have found it.
I'm still surprised by their refusal to trade Klay Thompson (the dude is good, but he's not Kevin Love good). However, bringing in Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston with the return of Brandon Rush should bolster their backcourt rotation and allow Curry and Thompson to sit for longer stretches. They still have questions with their frontcourt depth, but maybe this is the year that they stay healthy. If so, look out.
Golden State is one of the teams that I personally believe will leapfrog the Rockets in the Western Conference standings this season. Mostly that's due to the fact that I expect some regression from the Rockets but also because I think some teams improved just enough to take the next step.
Where do you think Golden State will end the season? How do you think the game will go tonight? After losing a preseason game, should Les Alexander fold up the franchise? Discuss!
Tip-off is at 7pm CST.
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