What’s up West?
Although there’s still a lot of time left in the NBA season, but let’s face it: the Houston Rockets just aren’t playing the way their fans want them to.
With 4-7 in the current standing, they placed second to the last in the Southwest Division — ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans. Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, they are tied for the 11th place with the Minnesota Timberwolves. They’ve lost their last 4 games and things just aren’t getting any easier.
Where the Rockets went wrong?
The major issue that the Rockets are facing this year is their defense. They rank 28th in points allowed as they’ve allowed at least 105 points in each game they played this year. While James Harden can be an offensive threat to their opponents, he might just be a defensive liability. As what experts say, the Rockets are playing “lazy defense”.
The Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors, on the other hand, are playing well in the conference. The defending champions have an unblemished 10-0 standing after their win against Brooklyn Nets in overtime. Stephen Curry, the league MVP, has been shooting 51.7% from the field as he plays the point guard position.
In the Western Conference, the Warriors are the top seed which is a big deal as they remain unbeatable at their home. Last season, they were also number one — they were at the playoffs without having to play any Game 7. They’ve also finished 39-2 last season which is just incredible. One of the two losses was against Chicago Bulls, played in overtime. That just means that if they’ve finished as the top seed again, they’ll be the season favorites for winning it all.
The San Antonio Spurs
Since 1999, the Spurs have won 5 championships. All thanks to Kawhi Leonard, their defensive game ranked 2nd in the NBA in terms of points allowed this season. Although Tim Duncan isn’t already the superstar, he is still a valuable player to the team. LaMarcus Aldridge, on the other hand, leads the team in rebounds.
Currently, the Spurs are having a 5-game winning streak, making the second top seed in the West. With hot hands, Manu Ginobili has been shooting from the perimeter. This year, the 38-year old Argentine shooting guard has made 40% of his 3 attempts.
Spurs going up against the Warriors would be an entertaining match for the best of seven playoffs this year.