Oct 15, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Ian Clark (21) drives in against Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 123-101. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
When the preseason schedule first came out many thought this game had the potential to offer an exciting preseason match following what occurred last season in the Western Conference Finals.
Then it was announced James Harden, Jason Terry, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and Ty Lawson would not play for the Houston Rockets and Harrison Barnes was out for Golden State with a bruised knee,. Given these scratches it wasn’t exactly the grudge match anticipated.
There was further reason for excitement heading into the game due to recent reports of the MVP selection dispute and luck regarding the Warriors Championship opponents from James Harden and Doc Rivers respectively. Fans anticipated a grudge match featuring a re-ignited rivalry between the two franchises, but had to settle for a watered down version of what they can expect to see in the regular season.
Instead the game essentially featured the Rockets training camp guys who are battling for the 15th roster spot versus the Warriors who were in the driver’s seat for the entirety of the game. The Dubs’ A-Team simply pounded the Rockets’ youngsters.
Not to put too fine a point on it: the Rockets were terrible with the sole stellar performance coming from K.J. MacDaniels. Throughout the game the Rockets made copious mistakes: plentiful air balls, poor decision making (like Harrell’s rushed three in the third quarter with 13 seconds left on the clock) and absolutely horrific defense.
Final box score: pic.twitter.com/ypPyl9SOnI
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 16, 2015
Nonetheless, let’s break down the game and see if we can take anything away from this experience and perhaps identify a couple areas and players that showed some improvement.
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