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Game thread: Rockets vs. Warriors

Both the Rockets and the Dubs are shorthanded for tonight’s game.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets are about to face their toughest opponent of the season, and they’ll be doing it without their best player. James Harden will miss his second game of a 2-4 week injury time frame, and the Rockets will also be without Luc Mbah a Moute and Nene.

Houston did get a bit of good news in the Golden State Warriors will be without Kevin Durant, who is sitting tonight with a strained calf, but the Dubs have most of their other key members (save Andre Iguodala) pretty healthy at the moment. Most importantly for them, Stephen Curry is back and playing well.

It’s going to be tough sledding for the Rockets, despite being at home and despite having defeated the Warriors in their only meeting so far this season on opening night. They’re going to be outgunned and will need top performances from several guys to have a shot at the upset. Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela, Gerald Green: I’m looking at you.

Both teams are on the second night of a back-to-back, both teams are coming off of victories, and just two games separate them in the Western Conference standings, but the gap likely looks bigger after tonight’s contest. The Rockets have their work cut out for them, but we’ll be watching the developments on TNT in less than an hour.

Join us at halftime on Facebook Live for the TDS Halftime Report and be sure to read AK’s preview.

Go Rockets!