OPEN THREAD: Game # 15 - Warriors vs. Rockets

Warriors (W-L): 7-7
Rockets (W-L): 9-7
Time: 7:30pm PST
TV: FSN Bay Area
Radio: KNBR 680

OH BOY! Christmas has come early for me because my favorite player comes to the Oracle tonight! Yao "butta" Ming will grace us with his ginormous size while the Warriors run circles around him.

Coming off a last minute win against our Norcal rivals, the Sacramento Kings, our Warriors finally have reached the .500 mark for the season. We now stand 6-1 since Jackson's return (Yes I am keeping track!). This gets us to 9th in the West, one game out of 7th and 8th, and 1.5 out of 6th. A win tonight ties us with the Rockets for 8th. However, we're going to have to deal with some talented opponents! First, I have to give major props to the best center in the league... Yao Ming:

I'm not the only Yao fan on GSoM so I'm sure I'm not the only one excited to see him face up against our Warriors. As good as the Rockets are on paper, I think we have a decent chance to run them into the ground. In the past we've matched up well with them because of Van Gundy's slow style of play and Yao's speed or lack thereof. But now they have Rick Adelman as their head coach and their offense looks a little sharper.

The key to the game will rest on how hot TMac gets. If we can hold him to less then 30 points and not allow him to create for others, we can take them for sure. Pietrus and Jackson have the job of slowing him down with their height and length. Baron and Monta can use their speed to give him fits.

The Rockets will have a tough time matching up with the Warriors. We're simply too fast for them up and down the court especially if Nellie continues to go extremely small by starting Al at center. If the 3's can rain, the Rockets just can't compete.

I can't wait till tip off tonight!

I'll post the lyrics later ...

Predictions:

  •  Warriors win by 3.
  •  Rockets don't have an answer for Ellis who scores 25 points.
  •  Baron hits the game winner... again for 3.
  •  Yao gets his 10th double double of the year.
  •  Al Harrington and Biedrins run circles around Yao.
  •  At halftime they have the Chinese lady on the uni-bike, again!


Update (Atma Brother #1):
Warriors Win!! 113-104

Stay tuned for the Recap!
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