Both teams rosters will look qualitatively different than they have in their previous regular season/postseason clashes, as the Rox have swapped out the aging irritant Chris Paul for the triple-double machine, former MVP Russell Westbrook.
They also appear to have abandoned playing defense, ranked near the bottom of the league (28th) in that category.
On the flip side, the Warriors also are struggling to defend so far this season (ranked 30th in defensive rating)...probably because they basically have an entirely new team.
Tonight is a rematch of last year’s Western Conference semifinals, Golden State won that series in 6. Tonight, the Warriors will not suit up a single— Tim Roye (@warriorsvox) November 6, 2019
player tonight who scored a point in that series.
The Warriors’ rookie brigade, led by Eric Paschall and Ky Bowman, brought the pain to Portland a few nights ago, can they keep it up against the dangerous offense of the Rockets?
And if the Rockets can’t beat THIS depleted version of the Dubs, at least we know Houston GM Daryl Morey will be congratulatory at the end of it all.
JAMES HARDEN! RUSSELL WESTBROOK!
ERIC PASCHALL! KY BOWMAN!