Jan 21, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) defends Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors won 126-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The clear and obvious answer to stopping the Warriors is, stop letting them score! Giving up 465 points in 4 games is absolutely not going to get the job done and won’t bring a title back to Houston.
In their most recent affair, Golden State beat the brakes off of the Rockets at a score of 126-113 after a 25-point loss to them four nights before. There were some major factors that lead to the Rockets taking horrible losses in all 4 games:
- Bench Play – Donatas Motiejunas kept the Rockets in one of their 4 games during the regular season, but the rest of the bench did not play well against Golden State
- Defense – Warriors averaged 116.25 against Houston this season
- Second Option – Although Dwight only played in 2 of the 4 games, Harden seemed to have to do everything by himself, that tactic won’t win this series
- Slow Down Barnes – With the Rockets splitting time between power forwards, they will have to make sure they lock down Harrison Barnes who dropped double-digits in all but one game
The Rockets will still be without Patrick Beverley and Donatas Motiejunas for this series, but having Dwight Howard at 100% and ready to take on Andrew Bogut should make a difference. Whoever comes with more defense will undoubtedly be the deserving winner of this series. The Rockets are still looking for their first wins against Golden State this season, expect that to change quick.
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