It seems like over the past 3-4 NBA seasons, Lebron’s Cleveland Cavaliers have been the only team who have been able to compete with the Golden State Warriors, as the Warriors made a fool out of the rest of the competition last season after acquiring Kevin Durant.
This season, however, may be a different story, as the likes of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and even Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors have all matched up well with Golden State so far this season.
The Rockets, who currently sit second in the Western Conference, 3 and a half games back from Golden State, recently held their own against the defending champs, beating them 116-108 at home, and convincing even more fans that Houston is a legitimate threat to knock off the Warriors’ dynasty.
After the big win, reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon rubbed salt into the wounds of Golden State fans, telling reporters they’ve figured out how to abuse Golden State’s defense.
Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon on Steph Curry: "We always try to go after the weakest link, so when he's out there and they go very small, we always put him in the pick-and-roll. It was funny seeing him guard [PJ] Tucker. Then next thing you know,… https://t.co/C08k8RlfK9
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 21, 2018
The strategy seems to be working for Houston, who lead the season series 2-1 over their Western Conference rivals, and may perhaps offer the best chance to dethrone the Warriors come playoffs time.