Houston Rockets: 3 things we learned on opening night

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Curry squares up against "The Beard"
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This team will fight until the very end

As mentioned previously, the Warriors were up by as much as 17 at one point. One thing that must be said is that playing the Warriors is the most difficult task in the NBA. However, there was a fighting spirit in these Rockets that I haven’t seen since the famous Game 6 come back against the Clippers in 2015.

Need to refresh your memory? No problem.

While Draymond Green was absent for the 4th quarter, a lot can be said for how this team responded. After all, I’m sure there were pundits calling the game over already. However, EG and the rest of the squad had other ideas.

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The Warriors were trying to figure out how to play without the heart and soul of their team. The Rockets took advantage of the situation and decided to bring it to the Dubs on the night of their ring ceremony. That alone should be enough to light a fire under someone’s skin.

In the final quarter alone the Rockets outscored Golden State 34-20. Chris Paul sat out the remaining four minutes with a knee issue. Nonetheless, this team proved it can hang with anyone and they are not afraid to bring it.

Meanwhile, lets not forget, James Harden also had a decent night. Providing 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists, Harden played well, especially when CP3 sat on the bench. Still some work to do defensively, but a slightly improved defender who is a wizard offensively is a good start.

A lesson to the other 28 teams would be to never sleep on this Rockets team. Within a blink of an eye, this team will rally back and its game on from there.

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