Would there be a chance for the Warriors to take away the no. 1 spot on the west against rival Houston Rockets? Let's all find out.
Okay folks, now with James Harden and the Houston Rockets losing so badly twice in a row, it would seem to us like the Rockets aren't in a really great shape perhaps as a team. James Harden was more than just great with a humongous 51 point outrage in both games that they had lost.
On the other hand, Warriors aren't doing that great in their last match but they have destroyed the same team, the Lakers thrice in a row. Now, if you have read my recent article about the Warriors being a completely different team given the absence of Curry, you'll see there the Dubs' weakness and loopholes without Steph in play.
Same goes for the Rockets. In their case, they do not have their primary center Clint Capela which obviously adversely affected their overall game.
So how would it go? Who will be in the number one spot after a couple or more games to pass this season?
Given the circumstances above. Whoever team that makes a more significant streak when their absent key players come back (Capela and Curry) would ultimately take the top spot. We cannot know for sure who's who unless both squads are in their full form. So whoever strikes hard first wins the battle this phase of the season.
But from the looks of things, Warriors would be able to take the top spot once Curry gets back. The Dubs played more consistently than the Rockets have done especially the key players. Warriors key gunners seldom experience drought.
Still, the best option to break this balance is a match between them. Would Warriors be able to grab hold of James Harden's shooting and gun their own with the Splash Brothers? Or would Rockets limit their production, take advantage of outside misses and let Harden go all out for as much as every shootable spot on the court?
Why is it the best option for the battle to be sentenced directly by a match?
Of course, it is much better to judge who's who by the scores and performance of both ends against each other. It would be the most valid and substantial. Warriors would also like redemption. They lost against Rockets this season. It will be a story of a test of will. Who's stronger and who will prevail? The Rocket's ultimate revenge or Warriors' spirit of a champion?