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Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Attendance: 18,055
Glitter missing from Warriors-Rockets matchup
Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
- Golden State has a 28-13 record versus Houston since Steve Kerr's first season as head coach in 2014-15 (reg & post). The Warriors and Rockets both have averaged 11.7 made three-pointers in these matchups but Golden State has shot 37.5 percent from deep while Houston has shot 32.3 percent.
- The Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak and picked up their first-ever win at the Chase Center, beating the Trail Blazers, 127-118, on Monday night. This win came on the back of four consecutive home losses for Golden State, something that had previously never happened under Kerr.
- The Rockets beat the Grizzlies, 107-100, on Monday night, allowing 12 fewer points than in any of their six other games this season. Under Mike D'Antoni (since 2016-17), Houston has a 69-7 (.908) record when allowing 100 points or fewer, a mark only bettered by Denver (60-5, .923) over that span.
- Houston leads the league in free throws attempted per game (31.7) while Golden State ranks fifth (27.3). James Harden has attempted 113 free throws in seven games, the most in 50 years; Wilt Chamberlain attempted 118 in his first seven games for the Lakers in 1969-70.
- Eric Paschal has 79 points and 20 rebounds across the first three starts of his NBA career. His 79 points are the second most in a player's first three starts in the last 30 years, trailing only Jeremy Lin (89 points in first three starts for Knicks in Feb. 2012).
- Eric Gordon has opened the season shooting 14-for-60 (.233) from three-point range, tied with Eric Bledsoe for the fifth-lowest three-point percentage in the NBA (min. 30 3PA). Last season, Gordon shot 30.3 percent from three through December but shot 40.7 percent from January on.
Attrition has stripped the luster from what annually qualified as one of the marquee matchups in the NBA: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets.
Wednesday night at Toyota Center in Houston, the first meeting of the season between these Western Conference heavyweights will offer something different for both teams.
For the host Rockets, the injury-ravaged Warriors will present another opportunity to improve their ineffective defense. Houston took a small step toward recovery on Monday in Memphis, outlasting the short-handed Grizzlies 107-100 behind a 44-point, 10-rebound effort from James Harden. Houston did so without Russell Westbrook, who missed his first game of the season.
The Grizzlies were without second-year forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (right knee), so the Rockets weren't fully tested defensively. Still, Houston entered Monday last in the league in points allowed per game -- the club is now next-to-last at 123.1 -- and their execution offered a glimpse of the potential for defensive improvement.
"I think our effort was a lot better," Harden said. "We've just got to continue to build on that. Also, our execution was a little bit better. Just continue to build and take the right steps that we need.
"When you bring energy to the game, good things happen for you and for our team. If you don't bring energy and you're not active, good things won't happen. That's what happened last game (a 29-point loss against the Miami Heat on Sunday night). (This) was the opposite. We're not worried about making or missing shots -- that's going to come. It's our effort."
As much as the setback in Miami represented an early-season low point for the Rockets, the victory at Memphis presented the clearest example of how quickly poor efforts can be flushed.
"That's a good thing about this league," Harden said. "You've got 82 games. So you have a bad one like we did (in Miami), terrible, we bounced back and we did a lot better. Now we go home."
Golden State experienced a similar rebound on Monday, shocking the Portland Trail Blazers 127-118 at Chase Center.
The Warriors' injury concerns are extreme, with all five projected starters not only sidelined against Portland but perhaps the foreseeable future: Stephen Curry (hand), Klay Thompson (knee), Draymond Green (finger), D'Angelo Russell (ankle) and Kevon Looney (neuropathy). What the Warriors featured on Monday was an inexperienced, scrappy bunch that was previously overmatched yet suddenly rose to the occasion in surprising fashion.
"We did a hell of a job just staying together, getting better every day," said Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall, who paired season bests of 34 points with 13 rebounds in the win. "To beat a team like that with the group we have, we just kept fighting. To do this right now is special; we've got so many guys hurt."
The Warriors are likely to field a similar lineup against the Rockets, one that included fellow rookies Ky Bowman and Jordan Poole. But in short order, Golden State has displayed growth, and the Rockets represent another shot for the Warriors to showcase how quickly they've jelled.
"We've got a group of young guys that don't get this opportunity (to) come out here playing 40 minutes and just come out here and ball," Paschall said. "We're just doing a great job of staying together, keeping a positive attitude."
--Field Level Media
Updated November 5, 2019