Scout says Warriors have the most experience when it comes to trying to scheme for Rockets star James Harden
The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are going to meet in the second round of the 2019 playoffs once the Warriors eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers and James Harden and the Rockets finish off the Utah Jazz.
It’s going to set up a rematch of the 2018 Western Conference Finals, a series the Warriors won in seven games. Harden, who won the 2018 MVP award, has taken his game to another level this season. There are some around the league who believe the Rockets can dethrone the Warriors this time around because of how Harden is scoring the ball.
However, a Western Conference scout isn’t ready to crown the Rockets just yet, as he believes the Warriors — led by defensive guru Ron Adams — have the most experience out there when it comes to trying to scheme for Harden.
“Stylistically Houston is a very different team,” the scout told Marc Stein of the New York Times. “It takes most teams two games just to try to figure out how they want to deal with Harden. Golden State will already know. And with Ron Adams running the defense, they do a great job of changing it up and not letting Harden get a great rhythm.”
Harden averaged 33.3 points per game during the regular season against the Warriors. He shot 39.7 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Rockets went 3-1 versus the Warriors in the regular season.
During the 2018 Western Conference Finals, Houston had home-court advantage. Golden State will have home-court advantage this time.