Mar 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) takes the ball to the basket during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Pay a Visit to Rockets: Game Preview

The Golden State Warriors (11-8) kick off a three-game road trip tonight in Texas, as they take on the Houston Rockets (13-7) at the Toyota Center. The Warriors dropped three out of four games against the Rockets last season, and have lost 17 out of 20 overall against a Houston team that they seem to struggle against. They will hope to buck that trend tonight against James Harden, Dwight Howard and company.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.4 (T-10th)
  • Field goal percentage: 47.3% (5th)
  • 3-point percentage: 43.7% (1st)
  • Points allowed per game: 99.7 (T-10th)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.4 (11th)
  • Turnovers: 17.2 (27th)

Rockets

  • Points per game: 108.1 (1st)
  • Field goal percentage: 48.1% (3rd)
  • 3-point percentage: 37.3% (11th)
  • Points allowed per game: 102.8 (T-27th)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.5 (2nd)
  • Turnovers: 18.3 (30th) 

Notable Quote

Andrew Bogut on Howard, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area: 

He’s just strong. He works pretty hard in the paint, just constantly banging against you and trying to get offensive rebounds and lobs and easy baskets. So I’ll have to do my work early and make sure he doesn’t get any easy looks.

 

If he’s making 4- and 5-foot hook shots against me, and making jumpers, instead of getting easy dunks and tip-ins, then I’m doing my job.

Injury Report

GSW: Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.

HOU: Omer Asik (bruised right thigh), Jeremy Lin (grade-one sprain and contusion of the right knee), Chandler Parsons (sore back) and Greg Smith (sprained right knee).

Probable Lineups

Warriors

  • PG Stephen Curry
  • SG Klay Thompson
  • SF Harrison Barnes
  • PF David Lee
  • C Andrew Bogut

Rockets

  • PG Patrick Beverly
  • SG James Harden
  • SF Francisco Garcia
  • PF Terrence Jones
  • C Dwight Howard

Q&A With Space City Scoop

For an in-depth look at the Rockets, we asked Michael Ma, editor of Space City Scoop, to answer a few questions. Check out his responses in this article. 

Here was his game prediction:

It has the makings of a game that will come down to the wire, but I think the Rockets will make enough plays down the stretch to take the win, 110-105. Late game execution has been a bit of a problem so far, but the Rockets were able to close out a huge win in San Antonio, and the fact that the Rockets have only lost once at home since November 9 has me giving the edge to them.

Game Info

Tip-off: 5:00 PM (PST)

Location: Toyota Center (Houston, Texas)

Tickets: Warriors @ Rockets tickets

TV: LOCAL

 

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