Pre-Game Jitters: Rockets at Warriors

Finally.  Am I the only one who feels like it’s been two years since last season?

The Warriors open the season as -3.5 favorites against the visiting Houston Rockets. Really, favorites?  This line is quite mysterious to me. Maybe it’s because the Warriors are suiting up more than six players, and the bookies don’t know how to handicap that!

After watching the Rockets take the Lakers down to the wire last night, I’m pretty sure they are the second best team in the West.  This is a very good basketball team, and they will be a great team once Yao is able to shoot a free throw without getting winded.  They have Yao and Brad Miller in the middle, and Luis Scola (who put up 18 and 16 against Gasol and Odom) at the four. They have perhaps the best defensive small forward in the league at the three in Shane Battier.  Battier held the newly slim and retooled Ron Artest to 3-15 last night.  They have a backcourt in Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin that may very well challenge the Warriors’ backcourt as the highest scoring in the league.  Martin put up 26 pts. in 29 minutes last night.  And they have a decent bench, with Chase Budinger, Courtney Lee and Charlie Hayes in addition to Miller.

I don’t make the Warriors favorites in this game.  I know the Rockets are on a back to back, but I think that’s meaningless at this point in the season to everyone except possibly Yao.  This Rockets team is very, very tough and already know how to play with each other.

The Warriors have no idea how to play with each other, if the pre-season can be taken as an indication.  They and their head coach are still figuring it out. I think they have only one way to beat this Rockets team: Run. Run, Run, Run. But will Keith Smart allow it?

And they will have to run pick and roll against the gargantuan but immobile Yao and Miller.  If the Warriors insist on trying to post up Biedrins and Lee against this Rockets defense, they are dead.  They must unleash the creativity of Curry, Ellis and Lee.

Keith Smart, let my people go.

9 Responses to Pre-Game Jitters: Rockets at Warriors

  1. Fortunately Yao is not supposed to play tonight and I actually see inferior defenders in Brooks and Martin vs. Ellis and Curry. But slow/injured Curry might have to match up with Martin. Brooks will run right by him. The Dorrel Wright /Battier matchup will be interesting as well as the Scola/Lee matchup. If they don’t turn over the ball (too much) , shoot close to 50% from the field, they can win this one. I bet Monta and Lee play 40+ minutes. Go Warrios and YES the season is finally here!

  2. Scola and Lee are going to murder each other tonight. I’ll be at the game and I think this is the match-up I’m going to pay most attention to. It’s going to be brutal. Two of the hardest working, most intense dudes in the NBA.

    Predction: Scola does not get 16 rebounds tonight. DLee scores more points.

  3. Scola and Lee are going to murder each other tonight. I’ll be at the game and I think this is the match-up I’m going to pay most attention to. It’s going to be brutal. Two of the hardest working, most intense dudes in the NBA.

    Prediction: Scola does not get 16 rebounds tonight. DLee scores more points.

  4. Waive Chippy, I’ll be on my couch with beer that does six beers for the price of one at Oracle. BWright needs to show up to for at least 10 really good minutes.

  5. IT’S HERE! GAME DAY!! WARRIORS SEASON HOME OPENER!!!
    …oh, and I think there’s a Giants game?

    So, there’s gonna be about an hour overlap, right?

    The conflict remains. A buddy of mine invites me to his house to watch the Giants game with a bunch of other friends. I tell him I’d love to go but I’m conflicted. The Warriors are on. He says hey, he’s a huge Warriors fan too and we’ll just watch both. Both? Yeah, during baseball commercials we’ll flip to the Warriors. Uh…not the other way around? No, he says, the Giants get priority. So I dunno…

    Then he moves all in. Come over, he says, and there will be food, beer, and…a 58″ HD SCREEN!

    Okay, I guess I can go. Come 7:30 though, I know I’m gonna get a little angsty. May have to sneak into another room to watch the first quarter though. Unless his DVR can record the Warriors game WHILE watching the other game. We’ll see.

    It’s here folks…Felty, do your thing.

    WARRIORS SEASON OPENER…WOO HOO!!!

  6. Ape, that’s why you need the pint of scotch tucked in your belt… $8.50 for Coors light is not how I do things….. until the scotch is gone.

  7. For those going to Oracle tonight, just heard they are opening the arena early to show the Giants game from the first pitch. Now that sounds like a real fun evening.

  8. OK — a win!

    FB: Say something about the defense first half? Why did Houston get so many easy drives?

  9. Great game tonight from the Warriors! I thought they would pull away in the second half because Houston being in the back-to-back but with those 50+ free throws the Rockets had no problem keeping up. Actually those FT’s are the only thing I see that didn’t go about as well as it possibly could. And was I dreaming? Did a WARRIORS team outrebound Houston?!!

    A new era dawns.

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