The last thing the Warriors need to see after a disastrous four-game road trip is the Houston Rockets. But the Rockets, who matched an NBA record with 23 3-pointers and put up 140 points on the Warriors in the opener of that road trip a week ago, will be at Golden State tonight. The Warriors went on to lose those four games by a total of 83 points and are enduring their longest slide of the season.
Golden State struggled plenty on the defensive end during the trip but also had trouble finding a rhythm on offense as stars David Lee and Stephen Curry took turns going through slumps. Jarrett Jack, who is usually the one directing Curry and Lee from the point guard spot at the end of the games, has missed the last three with a shoulder injury.
Houston is second in the NBA in scoring average and has gone over 100 points in nine straight. But the road has not been kind to the Rockets, who have dropped their last three away from the Toyota Center. — SportsDirect via Reuters
Golden State had won four in a row before getting blown out in Houston last week. Curry went 3-for-12 in that meeting and shot 25 percent again the following night as the Warriors were beaten by 21 points in Oklahoma City.
Curry and Lee combined to shoot 12-for-32 in the finale of the trip, a 116-91 loss at Dallas. The stretch of four road games in five nights proved to be too much for a Golden State team still growing and figuring out its rotations with Andrew Bogut back. Bogut, who is sitting out the second night of back-to-backs, missed two of the four games on the trip while Jack was out after Houston. Bogut should be available on Tuesday to battle with Houston center Omer Asik. That will free up David Lee and Carl Landry to chase around the likes of Parsons and Patrick Patterson.
The Warriors will play three of their next four at home before heading out for another five-game trip.