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Houston Rockets Game Summary: Warrior Chemistry and Depth Rules

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Jan 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) drives to the basket during the third quarter as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Game MVP:

There has been a ton of media focus and debate regarding who the best back court is in the NBA with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry generally finishing atop most pundits lists or at worst within the top 3.

The other area of debate has centered around how good Klay Thompson is and how high his ceiling is. Prior to this season I often found myself wondering why he was regarded so highly by coaches and media analysts for his defensive abilities. This season I’ve become a believer and perhaps this game provided the best example why.

His myriad of talents were all full display as he scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. However it’s what Thompson did on the defensive end that was most impressive: he locked down James Harden allowing him to score just 12 points well off his 27 point per game average.

In addition he stopped Harden from being able to reach his averages in  assists by blocking his passing lanes. Thompson had a steal, but his five blocks were where he really showcased his growth. Watching the second block he had on Harden was like watching a cartoon because one could almost see the bearded one come away deflated after he realized Thompson not only had his number offensively he wasn’t going to allow him to move the ball either. .

Next: Beyond scoring and defense these Warriors bring other qualities to the court