Mar 22, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Poor Defense Dooms Warriors in Loss to Rockets

The Warriors were outplayed tonight that simple. Of course, for a stretch in the third quarter, the Rockets didn’t seem to miss their three pointers, and the Warriors once again gave up more than 110 points, resulting in a blow out loss. They’re now entering the all-star break riding a 5 game losing streak. Still, they’re in the 6th seed. Tonight, the Warriors’ confidence was once again destroyed by the Rockets, 116-107.

In the first quarter of this game, the Warriors did well defensively. They were closing out well, and Klay Thompson was playing some good defense on James Harden. Offensively, however, the Warriors got off to a slow start, shooting 1/6. Nevertheless, they grabbed a 21-12 lead early on. Of course, the Rockets were able to erase that very quickly, only down 34-30 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, the pace was more of the Warriors’ direction, which also favored the Rockets, for some reason. The pace was more back and forth, but the Warriors were really getting pounded in the paint. This means that most of their field goal attempts were jump shots. At halftime, the Rockets lead 57-56.

Entering the second half, Klay Thompson’

s quick 5 points had the Warriors in the lead. Unfortunately for the Warriors, foul trouble had Curry and David Lee out most of the quarter. The Rockets took advantage of it and really started scoring on the inside. Their large run gave them an 88-79 lead entering the 4th. Bad news.

When the Warriors’ jump shots stop falling and the Rockets don’t allow them in the paint, how do you score? Not only that, the Rockets were making shots of their own. The Rockets were easily able to rebuff the Warriors’ advances to get back into the game, and sent them to a 5 game losing streak. The Warriors are now at 30-22 after 52 games. Not bad.

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