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Houston Rockets Game Summary: Warrior Sweep Highlights Rocket Issues

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Jan 21, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12), guard Klay Thompson (11), and forward Draymond Green (23) celebrate after the Warriors

Houston Rockets Game Summary:

After the Rockets were soundly beaten on their home court Saturday by the Golden State Warriors it was anticipated Houston wouldn’t require any motivation to get up for the rematch five days later at Oracle.

Adding fuel to their fire Golden State was on a 16-game home winning streak and had won all three previous meetings. Just for good measure there was the fact the Rockets entered this game with the knowledge Golden State hadn’t swept a season series in 41 years.

Combining all of these facts provided a mother load of inspiration to accompany the embarrassment of the worst loss of the Rockets’ season. Unfortunately what occurred between Saturday and Wednesday was the leak of James Harden’s huddle speech where he told his teammates Golden State wasn’t that good of a team.

‘Swag champs on 3.’ | James Harden on Warriors: “They ain’t even that good.”:

— Brandon (@Jus1Nyt) January 22, 2015

It was meant to serve as motivation for his own team, but it ended up providing the fodder for the Warriors to prove they were in fact that good.  Still, most of us expected a dialed in Rocket team who would display their second ranked NBA defense to start the game. What we got was something well short of that.

Poor starts or one bad quarter have become synonymous with these Rockets and while they were able to fight back to even up the game three minutes into the second quarter, in truth this game never felt like it was out of the Warriors grasp. Immediately after Houston leveled the match Golden State lowered the hammered and by the end of the frame they led by 20 points.

By night’s end though the Rockets had pulled within 13 points the reality is this game had long been over. What stood out from the loss is there are some disturbing trends and issues the Rockets need to address. In review of the game I take a look at how the Rockets lost and some of the areas of their game that requires some immediate tweaking moving forward.

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