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Warriors Look To Get Back On Track Against Rockets

Warriors enter Wednesday's game vs Rockets 4-5 since the All Star Break

March 12, 2019 - 11:49 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- The Warriors don’t have the feel of a team with the best record in the Western Conference in search of its third straight championship and fourth in five years. Instead, when the Warriors take the Toyota Center floor Wednesday night, they’ll do so with a little desperation.

“We haven’t played very well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team practiced Tuesday.

Golden State is 45-21 this season and still the odds on favorite to hold the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June, but it’s a team that is struggling. The Warriors are just 4-5 since the All Star Break, and just lost at home to the lowly Phoenix Suns Sunday night. With a month left before the start of the playoffs, Kerr says his team has to get things going, and it all starts Wednesday.

“It’s an important game for us mainly because we’re trying to build momentum and we’re trying to gain some traction here late in the season and play better than we have.”

The Warriors have yet to beat the Rockets in three chances this season, losing last month at Oracle Arena when James Harden sat due to a neck injury, and while Kerr said Wednesday’s regular season finale between the two teams is important for Golden State, Warriors guard Stephen Curry took things a step further.

“The beauty of the NBA is that on Wednesday we have an opportunity to send a statement,” Curry told ESPN Sunday. “We have to take advantage of that opportunity. We’re looking forward to it, no question.” 

The last two times the Rockets and Warriors took the floor against one another, the Warriors were basically healthy, while the Rockets played shorthanded. Wednesday the script will flip. Warriors forward Kevin Durant suffered a right ankle contusion Sunday and will miss the game, making the challenge for Golden State and gives Kerr a bit of an out if the Warriors can’t prevail.

“I’m not sure what (the game) is gonna mean. It’d be great for us to go out and beat this team without Kevin, that’s what we’re going to work for.”

The Rockets are just the second team to win three games against Kerr’s Warriors in one regular season, and when asked if he thought a sweep would means something going forward, Rockets guard Eric Gordon said “It has too,” but Kerr disagrees.

“We’re gonna play, and we’re gonna be ready, but whatever happens now isn’t going to affect whatever happens later.”