Team Comparisons: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

By Brett David Roberts
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Dec 13, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (2) is called for a foul against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 116-112. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Point Guard: Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston vs. Patrick Beverley, Isaiah Canaan, Ish Smith

It’s hard to say the Warriors have anything but a huge advantage at the 1-spot. Steph Curry is arguably the best shooter in NBA history, with his ability deliver both off the dribble and coming off screens. His range is nearly unparalleled and he can get hot in a hurry.

The Rockets have a very capable defender in Patrick Beverley, and Curry had mixed success against Beverley last season. He shot 18-of-41 from the floor, while accumulating 20 assists and 16 turnovers in three games.

Bev is known to force turnovers, and his pestering certainly got to Curry. A 5:4 assist to turnover ratio is not good…Curry averaged 22 points per game against the Rockets, which also is two below his season average.

While the Warriors may hold an advantage here, forcing Curry miscues is huge, and the effect of Beverley’s full court defense cannot be underestimated.

Shaun Livingston is also a more capable backup than either Isaiah Canaan or Ish Smith. Canaan should have a bright future in the NBA, but Livingston is a capable playmaker and veteran. His career was never as brilliant as it would have been if he hadn’t incurred a horrific knee injury, but even with little explosiveness, Livingston is still a tough cover for most smaller guards.

The Rockets don’t have any size to counter with, unless Nick Johnson develops as a reliable option to cover opposing point guards. Ish Smith may not even be a factor.

Advantage: Warriors