The Warriors and Rockets: Time to Play

The Warriors and Rockets: Time to Play

The Western Conference comes down to a very exciting end – with two teams that have both barreled through the season, inevitably giving us a good show before we even get to the finals. The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets have been moving at very similar paces, and we at 777iGame anticipate these

The Western Conference comes down to a very exciting end – with two teams that have both barreled through the season, inevitably giving us a good show before we even get to the finals. The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets have been moving at very similar paces, and we at 777iGame anticipate these two battling it out soon.

The drama-filled games between these two began as early as opening night, where the Rockets won 122-121 and Kevin Durant’s buzzer beater happened after the buzzer sounded. The Warriors fought back and won 124-114 last January, and two weeks later the Rockets won 116-108. In the previous years, the Warriors won over the Rockets after 5 games in both the 2015 and 2016 playoffs. The challenge for the Rockets in the succeeding seasons was to find a way to get through the Warriors by at least 4 times to clinch the title. Because for the Rockets to win, they had to get past the Warriors at some point.

“Maybe we do end up playing the Rockets, and, you know, I like our chances no matter who we play,” Green said to Sports Illustrated last February. “But we do know that they’re a threat. They’ve added some great pieces and, as it’s been highly publicized, that team is built to beat us. Noted. Great. We’ll see y’all soon.”

The Houston Rockets have known that facing the Golden State Warriors was something they had to prepare well for, and they needed to since they were competing for the top seed in the Western Conference. “I’m real excited,” Capela was quoted as saying about a matchup with the Warriors. “This team is going to be hard, it’s going to be a fight. There’s going to be a lot of adjustments after every game. It’s going to be a chess game. Of course we’re going to be ready. They’ve been to the Finals three straight years. We’re just excited. Everybody’s excited about it. And I’m sure all the NBA fans are excited about it, too.”

“We had a vision, and in order to get where we wanted to go, we needed the right pieces. That’s what they’re here for,” Harden said after the Rockets won their way to the finals by winning game 5 over the Jazz last Tuesday night. “I know that if we give the effort we know we can, it’s pretty tough to beat us.”

And it really is a tight match between these two powerhouses. Looking at the numbers, The Warriors are ranked at the top of offense with 112.24 points per 100, while the Rockets trail behind by 112.23. These kinds of numbers have not been seen by any of us at 777iGame unless you go way back to the 70s.

But where it’s easy to compare these two teams in terms of stats, their style says differently. The Rockets excel in ground and pound isolation, while the Warriors’ execution of fluidity and ball movement is well-admired. Despite their common goal of scoring higher by shooting in the paint and grab as many 3 pointers as they can, their strategy in getting that is widely different. The Warriors, for instance, were 3rd in passes per game,1st in off-ball screens per game and 20th in isolations per game, while the Rockets 30th at passes per game, 30th in off-ball screens per game and 1st in isolations per game.

But anticipating the outcome of these games are hard for us here at 777iGame since the last games between these two teams were months ago, and their line-up was not consistent. “It’s a weird deal because we haven’t played them in so long,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr remarked. “And we only played them three times just because of the schedule. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen them. But we know they’re a great team, we know they’re ready, and we’ll be ready for them.” Whatever the outcome, how these teams perform in their next meet, we at 777iGame will be here to give you the highlights.

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