Warriors, Rockets Have Unfinished Business in Western Conference Showdown

December 9th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

The Western Conference is too tightly contested for teams to fret over bragging rights.

When a pair of heavyweights collide, like they will when the Golden State Warriors host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET), the games yield real-world, tangible results. That's just a part of life in the NBA's Wild West, where a mere three games stand between the top seed and the seventh team on that list.

Both the Warriors and Rockets appear to be among the conference's best. The two teams carry some of the league's top credentials into Wednesday's tilt.

The Warriors have the more impressive numbers in this matchup, but that isn't a knock on the Rockets. Rather, it's a reflection of the fact Golden State currently owns the NBA's best stat sheet.

Under first-year coach Steve Kerr—plus his supreme coaching staff, led by offensive mastermind Alvin Gentry and defensive guru Ron Adams—the Warriors have been a dominant two-way force.

Golden State is the league's only team with top-five efficiency marks on both sides of the ball, sitting fifth ...

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