Team Comparisons: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

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Feb 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a three point basket against the Houston Rockets during the overtime period at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 102-99 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like a great time to begin to assess the Houston Rockets against the other contending teams in the Western Conference. First off, will be the Golden State Warriors, a team which just sent its coach packing despite a 51-win season.

Mystery still shrouds the situation, but the Warriors move forward with former Chicago Bulls guard Steve Kerr at the helm.

Kerr brings a great knowledge of the game, and the Warriors should’t lose a step. But Jackson had brought out a defensive intensity unseen in previous seasons. The Warriors ranked 4th in the NBA in defensive rating (102.6). Also, the Warriors ranked 10th in the Association in opponent scoring (99.5 points per game).

Kerr revealed that Andre Iguodala’s starting role is likely to be in flux with the emergence of the much younger options Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes.

The Warriors remain high especially on Barnes, and were unwilling to include him in any trade scenarios this summer. The UNC product is a versatile small forward and a big part of Golden State’s future plans. With one of the more solid starting 5s in the NBA, the Warriors do pose a serious threat to the Houston Rockets.

Playoffs: Golden State loses to L.A. Clippers in 7 games; Houston loses to Portland Trail Blazers in 6 games.

Season Series: Houston won 2 of 3.

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