The Golden State Warriors are clearly not the same team have all come to know in recent years. That was once again underlined on Wednesday night as James Harden and the Rockets laid siege to them in Houston in a comfortable 129-112 win.
Harden put up 36 points and dished out 13 assists in the victory, while the Warriors were led by Alec Burks’ 28 on a night where they were once more very shorthanded. The loss means the Warriors are now just 2-6 on the season, while the win means the Rockets improved to a 5-3 record thus far. Neither team have had the best of starts, and there are many doubters about the Rockets’ defense right now. However, the major issue is with Golden State, who at this rate look like there is little to no chance they will make the playoffs. Even if they do, they will surely be a lower seed, something unthinkable in the last few years to even fathom.