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Preview: Rockets vs Warriors "The Championship Road trip begins!"

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Happy Friday y’all! Now let’s get back to business. Our “World Champion” Golden State Warriors hit the road with their first stop in Houston! League MVP Stephen Curry and our Dub Squad make their way to the Toyota Center on what looks to be a great Friday night showdown against James Harden and The Rockets.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Matchup

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Golden State Warriors
1-0 (0-0 ROAD)

vs

Houston Rockets
0-1 (0-1 HOME)

Details

10/30/15

Toyota Center — Houston, TX

6:30 p.m.

Local: CSN Bay Area | National: ESPN | Radio: KNBR 680 AM

Blog Buddy: The Dream Shake

Projected Starters

Stephen Curry

G

Ty Lawson

Klay Thompson

G

James Harden

Harrison Barnes

F

Trevor Ariza

Draymond Green

F

Terrence Jones

Festus Ezeli

C

Dwight Howard

Key Injuries

Andrew Bogut – Concussion
Kevon Looney - Hip

Donatas Montiejunas - Back


RIng Ceremony

The Warriors: It wasn't until Tuesday night's ring ceremony and the unveiling of our new banner where it really hit me: We did it! We're NBA Champions!

Now what can I say about the Warriors' big win on opening night? Steph's gonna Steph by dropping 40 points on National TV. Solid ball movement all the way around. 56 rebounds total from our squad. Not a bad night for Interim Coach Walton, who's 1-0 to start the season. Oh, and a new banner highlighting our achievement and championship rings for our squad!

Keep in mind, the Warriors should make some adjustments on a handful of missteps that occurred Tuesday night. Do a better job on the 3-point line and choose your shots wisely fellas. Ease back on those turnovers (20 total against New Orleans). With Andrew Bogut and Coach Steve Kerr still out, this team still has a deep roster. With the way Stephen Curry showcased his skills against the Pelicans, our MVP hasn't lost his touch and is still getting better! Expect another Warrior to step it up tonight as well...


The Rockets: Dwight Howard makes his way back to the hardwood floor after serving a one-game suspension due to his fourth flagrant foul last season. That could be a game changer for Houston, who was defeated by the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night. James Harden finished that game with 22 points and struggled on the 3-point line. Although Houston had a terrible shooting night (34% in field goals), who knows what adjustments will be made with Coach McHale.

Predictions:
  • Last season's MVP Stephen Curry lights it up on Houston's court. Points, 3-pointers, And-1's, assists is all on him tonight. SPLASH!
  • Bounce back game for Klay Thompson who started off slow with nine points, four rebounds and three assists against New Orleans Tuesday night. He'll do just fine tonight.
  • The Warriors shot 30% on the 3-point line (9-for-30) opening night. I'm betting that number will increase at the Toyota Center. Golden State just needs to get hot.
  • Andrew Bogut who sustained a concussion is likely to not be suiting up until he's cleared the NBA's protocol. That means extra minutes for our bigs, especially for James Michael McAdoo who I hope has a break out year. (big supporter right here!)

Win Prediction: The Dubs first road game victory by 8!