Team Comparisons: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

By Brett David Roberts
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Mar 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) brings the ball up the court during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Conclusion

The Rockets did win the season series last year, but the Warriors pose a ton of matchup problems for Houston. Dwight Howard will need to exploit the Rockets’ big advantage in the post, while Harden needs to be the three-point threat that he is when he’s at his best.

Curry has not been overwhelmingly good against Beverley in the backcourt, and that certainly plays to the Rockets’ hands in this series.

The run-and-gun approach of Kevin McHale is well suited to attack the Warriors, though Golden State was much improved defensively last season. The team should maintain that momentum going forward, as Iguodala helps bring a defensive culture to the unit. But there is no guarantee that happens.

The Warriors held their own with a tough L.A. Clippers team in the postseason, pushing the Clips to seven games. Houston struggled badly against the Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge punished the Rockets frontcourt. Ultimately, this is a very close matchup, but the Warriors have a higher upside as a team with some young threats that are still developing. The matchup at power forward is also very bad for the Rockets.

Advantage: Warriors, by a hair

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