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Warriors vs. Rockets in Game 1 of NBA Playoffs

Warriors vs. Rockets in Game 1 of NBA Playoffs”

They feel like, 'OK, we don't have home court for the first time, ' but we seem to be at our best when we are threatened.

The Warriors got a taste of what Houston are capable of during the three regular-season meetings - two of which went the Rockets way, including the season-opening statement on the night Golden State received their championship rings.

The defending champion Warriors are looking to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year.

Houston has played well but a Golden State can't be beaten when fully healthy and their roster just welcomed back Stephen Curry last round.

My general point is that Kerr usually likes to make his big moves in the middle of series, when the Warriors are threatened, the run of play has been established, and a lineup change works as both a strategic fix and an adrenaline kick to the entire team.

Green: Harden is the scorer but the point guard/center combo of Chris Paul and Clint Capela give them a steady presence that the Warriors can't match.

I understand why Durant feels that way, though. We want to win that 3-point battle. This Rockets team has been carefully constructed to withstand the Warriors' bullying.

Curry returned from almost six months sidelined with a sprained left knee to play the final four games of a five-game semifinal series against New Orleans. The two-time MVP scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting in his most minutes yet since the March 23 injury — 37 — in the Game 5 clincher last Tuesday night. They have won a road playoff game in each of their past 17 series, the most in franchise history, nearing the all-time record of 19. Playoffs come down to depth when the two starting fives are evenly matched and Houston offers a lot of firepower off the bench that golden State doesn't have.

There's a reason the Warriors posted odd 29-12 records both home and away this campaign - these regular-season nihilists consistently needed some provocation to play their best.

"It's going to be a fight", Capela said.

“This will help. Theyre still going to get us to a certain degree, but hopefully we can lessen it more than if we just had a traditional center that cant guard on the perimeter.”.

And that's why all that ennui from the regular season might be a good thing, now that the "real season" is here.

Of course, that Thunder team, which ultimately lost to Golden State in seven games, had Kevin Durant.

I'd like to think that as Kerr talked about the fact that the Warriors don't have home-court advantage, he pumped his fist under the table.

In this January 20, 2018, file photo, Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) shoots in front of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Houston. That's a good position to be in. To me the hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player or as a team because you dont know. You don't quite know if you can do it. But you want it again because it's an unbelievable feeling. We're going to go in here knowing we're the defending champs, knowing we've got a couple championships here the last few years. Got to go out there and play.



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