Golden State Warriors’ young roster, fresh off beating Portland Trail Blazers, and Houston Rockets’ All-Stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook, face each other in what could be a fascinating battle at Toyota Center.
Portland headed to Chase Center a couple of days ago, ready to give their fringe players some significant minutes and get an easy win, for Warriors’ were without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, D’Angelo Russell and of course long-term absentee Klay Thompson who is out for the rest of the season.
Instead, Portland bumped into an unknown Eric Paschall who shocked them with his hidden talent, as 23-year-old scored 34 points and 13 rebounds on 11-19 shooting and 4-6 from deep, and into Damion Lee (second year), Ky Bowman (rookie), Jordan Poole (rookie) who all ended up with double figures.
It was a spectacle and perhaps one of the best results so far in the NBA in terms of one team defying the odds. The Golden State Warriors may even struggle to replicate those ceilings again with that young group, but with Rockets’ defense, the way Mike D’Antoni’s team has played this season, anything is possible in this game.
Sure, Warriors don’t have the players on their current roster who could man-mark James Harden or Russell Westbrook, and make life difficult for them, but Rockets’ also seem not tweaked enough to defend. Remember the Miami Heat game? It was a shocker of a game where Rockets just couldn’t cope with Heat’s intensity and pace on the court.
Warriors have the legs and the speed of the young guns. If Paschall and co. run into them, with some slick passing and maintain the composure and the precision they showed in the game against the Blazers, we could be in for another shocking result.
Captain options and the players who could impact the game.
James Harden: It almost looks certainty these days that Harden will top the scoring charts in any game no matter who he is facing. In Rockets’ 100-107 win, the Beard dropped 44 points and had 10 rebounds, That’s incredible. He is also averaging more than 35 points per game this season.
Russell Westbrook: If any player can outscore Harden in the Rockets team, it is Westbrook. The 2017 NBA MVP is somebody who guarantees points due to his all-round display.
Eric Paschall: We may have witnessed the rise of a star. The injuries, unlucky though, seemed to be a blessing in disguise as the young guns. The 23-year-old, in particular, looks to take full advantage of the chance as he had an insane game against the Blazers.
Teams: Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors
Match Timing: November 07, 06:00 AM
Venue: Toyota Center
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors – what is the team news?
Houston Rockets: No fresh injury concerns for the Rockets ahead of this game. Though, Nene Hilario (hip) and Gerald Green (knee) remain out due to an injury.
Russell Westbrook was held out from the last game due to rest purposes. He is set to play in this game.
Golden State Warriors: No team in the NBA at the moment is hit as hard as the Dubs by the injuries. Stephen Curry will be spending the next three months, at least, in the treatment room after he suffered a nasty hand injury during the game against Phoenix Suns.
Klay Thompson is, of course, out for the season as he recovers from a knee injury. The Warriors are also without Draymond Green for the next few games due to a thumb injury.
Warriors will monitor D’Angelo Russell before the game. The former Los Angeles Laker star is having some problems with his ankle.
In addition, Kevon Looney (thigh injury), Jacob Evans (groin), and Alan Smailagic (ankle) will miss the game for the Warriors.
Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors 5:
Houston Rockets: Danuel House, P. J. Tucker, Clint Capela, James Harden, Eric Gordon
Golden State Warriors: Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson III, Willie Cauley-Stein, Ky Bowman, Jordan Poole
Houston Rockets squad:
Thabo Sefolosha, Clint Capela, Tyson Chandler, Gary Clark, Eric Gordon, James Harden, Isaiah Hartenstein, Danuel House Jr., Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, P.J. Tucker, Russell Westbrook, Chris Clemons
Golden State Warriors:
Omari Spellman, Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss, Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III, Damion Lee, Ky Bowman, Alec Burks, D’Angelo Russell (Doubtful)
HOU vs GSW DREAM11 teams:
PG: K Bowman, R Westbrook
SG: D Lee, J Harden (SP)
SF: O Spellman
PF: E Paschall, P Tucker
C: Clint Capela
PG: K Bowman, R Westbrook
SG: D Lee, E Gordon, J Harden (SP)
SF: D House
PF: E Paschall
Note: You can also pick Russell Westbrook as your captain.