Rockets set to reward Green with guaranteed deal

Ross Houston
January 12, 2018

"Houston" and "Golden state" in the Central match of the week came without their leaders - the rockets were missing James harden, but the Warriors could not count on Kevin Durant.

Stephen Curry led the way with 29 points, Klay Thompson chipped in 28 and Draymond Green had 17.

The Warriors extended their road winning streak to nine games and have won a league-best 16 road games this season. In fact, Green became the first player in the team's history to hit at least seven 3-pointers in consecutive games!

They scored the next fight points - including a three-pointer from Curry - to rubber-stamp the win and send the home fans heading for the exits.

But news broke shortly after the game of a pretty nice consolation prize for Green, who has been playing on a non-guaranteed deal he originally signed on December 28. Gerald Green delighted the crowd when he knocked down a 3 from the corner before being fouled Iguodala and crashing to the ground.

The Rockets are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Chris Paul added 28 points and 10 dimes in his second game back from a groin injury, while Eric Gordon chipped in 14 points off the bench. Briante Weber also made a rare first half appearance, though it remains to be seen whether Weber's usage has more to do with minutes preservation in lieu of the upcoming Warriors matchup, or this is a legitimate minutes share while Harden is out. D'Antoni prefers nearly a more straight-forward approach, giving his best players the ball, and setting up plays for them to make something happen.

The Rockets' quest to outshoot and outscore the Warriors will be one of the storylines to watch as the season progresses and we get into the playoffs. Paul received a technical foul in the fourth quarter. If they miss, the charity gets $1,000.

"I just think we kind of ran out of gas", Gordon said. "I didn't want to mess with that, that's his moneymaker". As Steve Kerr explained to Business Insider, the Warriors are actually a much more eclectic mix of offensive systems and have some key structural differences than the Rockets.

"I just try to play within our system and try to play to my strengths", Green said. "Feels like you should leave him open because it is all the insane ones he makes".

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