It’s always felt like the Houston Rockets were created to eventually take down the Golden State Warriors. Well, we’re still waiting for that day.
Even on Christmas Day, the Warriors delivered a brutal blow that resulted in just their 8th win of the season. At that point in the season, Houston had 21 wins. However, it’s not like one Christmas Day game has been the only time Golden State has shown they can dominate Houston.
Last season’s Western Conference Semifinals, without superstar forward Kevin Durant, the Warriors went into Houston and defeated the Rockets after being down five entering the fourth quarter of a series-clinching Game 6.
Seven games in the 2018 playoffs, five games in the 2016 playoffs, and another five games in the 2015 playoffs — Golden State has always had Houston number, and it’d be a shame if the only season they get over the hump is the same one Golden State completely misses the ball.
Also, given James Harden’s style of play and how he leads the league in free throw attempts, Houston is an easy target of hate. From Golden State, it stems just from having such a one-sided rivalry over the last half a decade.