Houston Rockets Game 2 of 2015-16 featured yet another loss to the Golden State Warriors
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 2 of 2015-16 versus the Golden State Warriors.
Apr 24, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gets position on Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) in the first half in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Golden State Warriors won 121 to 94. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets added draft picks and signed free agents to improve upon an especially mediocre 41-41 campaign. Big man Dwight Howard left for Atlanta while free agents Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene Hilario and Pablo Prigioni joined Houston in free agency.
Therefore Houston hopes their free agent additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for October 26th opening night versus the Lakers hopefully this series will appease your cravings.
To that end, this series showcases the Rockets 82 games noting the pregame analysis, post game grades, and relevant video. Furthermore, SCS will highlight significant changes made by their opponents this summer. So, here it is – – enjoy all 82 posts as SCS takes you back over the 2015-16 season.
Game 2 – Golden State Warriors
In a rematch of the Western Conference Finals the Rockets tipped off against the Golden State Warriors, and as a result fans expected a highly contested match.
In SCS preview the emphasis was on rebounding from the brutal opening night loss. Obviously expectations were for a much more concerted effort by the team who knocked them out of the post season.
Here’s the link to the pregame analysis.
Post Game Analysis:
Especially relevant for the second consecutive game the Rockets lost by 20 points. Needless to say this was not the ideal way to launch Houston’s 2015-16 campaign.
Coty Davis provided the post game analysis with some key insights:
got off to a sluggish start, both teams started the game as if it was still the Western Conference Finals.
However, the second quarter was a nightmare for the Rockets. Houston shot 5 for 22 from the field, and the Warriors went on a 13-0 run to give them a 14 point lead midway through the frame. While the Rockets struggled from the field shooting 34.9 percent, and were a dreadful 28.6 from behind the arc, Stephen Curry’s 17 points gave the Warriors a 57-44 lead heading into the half.
The full write-up can be viewed via this link.
ESPN’s box score can be reviewed via this link.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 25 points, while 3 Warriors had 7 rebounds and Draymond Green dished out 7 assists.
For the Rockets Montrezl Harrell led with 17 points, while Clint Capela had 8 rebounds and 2 players tied with 5 assists.
Rockets Games vs Warriors in 2016-17
Houston Rockets play the Golden State Warriors 4 times this season:
- December 1st in Oakland at Oracle Arena
- January 20th at home
- March 28th at home
- March 31st in Oakland at Oracle Arena
Draft Picks and Free Agents
The most coveted free agent of the summer was Kevin Durant. His choice to leave the Thunder to form a super team in Oakland sent shock waves through the Association. This move led to massive changes on the Warriors as several roster moves had to be made to solidify the deal. Notably 6 players left Oakland, 5 via free agency and 1 via a trade:
Round 1: Damian Jones (30)
Round 2: Patrick McCaw (38)
Incoming Free Agents:
- Kevin Durant 2-years $54.3M with opt out in second year
- Zaza Pachulia 1-year $2.9M to Warriors
- David West veteran minimum contract of 1 year at $1.3M
- JaVale McGee will attend Warriors training camp under a ‘make good’ 15 day contract
Exiting Free Agents:
(trade to Dallas)
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- Ian Clark on a 1 year contract (no financial terms available)
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- Anderson Varejao
Next up Game 3 versus the Miami Heat