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Houston Rockets Trounced By Warriors in Game 1 – Player Grades

April 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) during the first quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
April 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) during the first quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Here we are Red Nation! As the 8th Seed in the West the Houston Rockets booked their ticket for the Playoffs. However, as Tonight’s Game 1 proved, there’s a monumental task ahead of them in the form of Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

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One thing is for sure: the Playoffs are unpredictable. And with the first game of the post season already shocking the basketball world with the Pacers upsetting the Raptors in game 1, the expectations were high for the game between the team with the best record in NBA history and the Houston Rockets, so called “not your typical #8 Seed”.

After a very sloppy start with both teams losing easy opportunities it was business as usual with the Warriors killing the Rockets from the three point line.

Houston finally settled down after a time-out and in general there was a better sense of organization on both ends of the court but shots simply weren’t falling for the Texan team. And while Bickerstaff’s plan of playing a highly physical game probably looked like a good alternative, it didn’t stop the Warriors.

A number of dubious whistles later and the Warriors ended with a 20+ lead by halftime. Had Andrew Bogut’s illegal screens been called  he’d be in the locker room in the second quarter.

Instead it was all Golden State Warriors as the game was settled by halftime.

When Curry injured his ankle in the third quarter and the Warriors decided he was done for the night the Rockets made a few runs: all stuffed by Steve Kerr’s squad.

Is there any hope going forward? Hard to say so….

Rockets Starters Player Grades

<a href=. SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA. C+

F--. The biggest surprise in the starting lineup was the addition of  <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets. COREY BREWER

C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD. B. Even before the game started the jury was out that in order for the Rockets to win anything <a href=

At one point in the game <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN. C-

F. <a href=. PG. Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY

Rockets Reserves Player Grades

Houston Rockets. JOSH SMITH. B+. <a href=. PF

C+. One more victim of Houston Rockets wacky rotations, <a href=. PF-C. Houston Rockets. DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS

Houston Rockets. CLINT CAPELA. D. Weirdest thing about <a href=. C

B. About the time when every Rockets player was hanged with 4 or more fouls than it was K.J. time! <a href=. SF. Houston Rockets. KJ MCDANIELS

C. I like <a href=. G. Houston Rockets. JASON TERRY

Houston Rockets. MICHAEL BEASLEY. D. When Bickerstaff finally came to his senses and took the ineffective Corey Brewer out of the game, <a href=. PF

Andrew Goudelock played just a small portion of the game and couldn’t do anything of note.. PG. Houston Rockets. ANDREW GOUDELOCK. INC

Best Opponents:

A+. Houston Rockets plan for <a href=. PG. Golden State Warriors. STEPHEN CURRY

PG. Golden State Warriors. LEANDRO BARBOSA. B+. My fellow countryman <a href=

See you back here on Monday after the game. And hey, come by and join in on the comments section. Fan bases around the league meet on their grade boards and interact to discuss the game and the players grades. SCS invites you to take part here with us right after game end. We’ll post the grades as quickly as possible but we’ll also open the page early, so you can jump in immediately.

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