Game Preview: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets

The Rockets won big over the Orlando Magic in their last game, 116-98.

Green's 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists made him the franchise's leader in triple-doubles with 21. Golden State wants to show that they're still the kings of the hill, and that the Rockets need to be put back into their place.

Paul George hit 31 points, while Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, and had 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

"We'e still trying to get healthy", Paul said. Guys like Bobby Brown, Zhou Qi, Demetrius Jackson and Troy Williams barely get any playing time, and with Luc Mbah a Moute sidelined with a shoulder injury until mid-January, D'Antoni was essentially down to an eight-man rotation. That's two games missed in three years!

Houston is 0-5 ATS with 2 overs, 2 unders and 1 push over their last five games. Celebrities attempt a free throw before each home game.

National Basketball Association scoring leader James Harden tallied 40 points and 11 assists before leaving with an injury in the fourth quarter as the Rockets went on to snap a five-game losing streak. "My rhythm felt really good and I was able to knock down shots". He'll do the vast majority of his damage from beyond the 3-point line, but his ability to create for himself and others will be something to watch when he's on the floor in this period without Harden. "You press a little bit more, your focus on the defensive end slips a little more and we've got to overcome that". In four games with the Rockets, he's averaging 13.8 points per game off the bench, allowing Gordon to operate with the starters without sacrificing scoring off the bench.

"Obviously they were missing their best player without James so we felt like there was an opportunity for us", Thompson said. "I don't care. It could be 20".

Kerr also noted that he believes, as a former role player, that it benefits teams to have multiple players touching the ball on a possession. "But we will not run a play that is set up to get a 15-foot shot". ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported after the game that Houston will sign Green for the rest of the season.

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