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Houston Rockets Recap: Warriors Sweep

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Houston Rockets Recap:

Entering Oracle Arena following the blow-out loss in Houston on Saturday we certainly expected to see a better effort from Houston. But, just like Saturday the Warriors jumped on the Rockets early and never let them up for air.

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The best news for James Harden, Dwight Howard and company is they won’t have to face these Warriors again in the regular season.

The bad news is they’ll need to access why Golden State has such an easy time beating them.  Thankfully that question won’t be prominent again until this spring at the earliest.

THE STARTERS

B-. <p><a href=. SG. Rockets. JAMES <STRONG>HARDEN</STRONG>

Rockets. PATRICK <STRONG>BEVERLEY</STRONG>. D-.  <strong><br /></strong><p>Perhaps it’s unfair to expect Beverley to shut down Stephen Curry especially when his back court mate is Klay Thompson, but the Warriors back court ended up highlighting how far behind the Rockets are on both ends of the court in this game. Worse, when the Golden State shut down Harden’s passing lanes Beverley did nothing to take over the point guard role to ease the pressure. </p>. PG

SF. Rockets. TREVOR <STRONG>ARIZA</STRONG>. B-. <strong><br /></strong><p>Ariza had his hands full trying to shut down a myriad of players and at times appeared to be the only Rocket engaged in defensive help or slides. With that burden on his shoulders it’s no wonder his offense was affected. And, while I wasn’t impressed with the antics of a couple of his team mates I was okay with his little walk by shove on Curry who had started to rub the drubbing into the Rockets’ faces. At least someone on Houston was taking this game personally without trying to make it all about themselves.</p>

D-. <div class=. PF. Rockets. DONATAS <STRONG>MOTIEJUNAS</STRONG>

Tonight was not a great night for the big man who never seemed to be able to handle the pressure of the situation or find a flow with his front court mate Howard. This game highlighted how much farther he has to grow and also showcased David Lee isn’t quite ready for pasture yet and more specifically that Draymond Green is going to get paid and paid well this off season.

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Tonight was not a great night for the big man who never seemed to be able to handle the pressure of the situation or find a flow with his front court mate Howard. This game highlighted how much farther he has to grow and also showcased David Lee isn’t quite ready for pasture yet and more specifically that Draymond Green is going to get paid and paid well this off season.

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