Mike D'Antoni: Rockets are 'obviously the underdog' against Warriors

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But if it were up to him, he would have done even more.

In the two head-to-head matchups with all the main players healthy, the Rockets won both, prevailing by one-point in Oakland way back on opening night and winning by eight at home on January 20. "He can get any shot he wants".

"We're in the Western Conference finals they are going to come out with a lot of energy", Durant said. Keep going. Keep shooting your shot and keep being aggressive. Game 2 will be in Houston Wednesday, May 16, at 9:00 PM EST. Klay Thompson's three-pointer with 3:46 to go made the lead double digits, 106-96, forcing another Houston timeout and the Rockets would draw no closer, finally losing 119-106.

The Rockets are especially determined to attack Curry, who missed six weeks because of a sprained MCL in his left knee before returning for Game 2 of the second round.

In the past, teams mostly relied on two defenders to guard the pick-and-roll-so a player like Nash could always find a seam or an open teammate. "We seem to be at our best when we are threatened".

The Warriors have faced some major challenges in their run of two championships in the last three years, but is this their toughest one yet?

D'Antoni believes the 6-foot-10 Capela's ability to switch on guards as well as defend in the paint will be a key in this series. "(But) we don't have it. He has gotten much better in the playoffs which should make the Warriors nervous. Don't get me wrong the future is extremely bright in Boston regardless. But we can withstand that.

Instead of just moving to the side of Harden, the Warriors forward shoved him in the face. I like Green because scoring is not his focus. Capela is on a tear in this postseason, and his offensive rim-running will test a Warriors squad that is thin up front.

"He's maybe the best scorer in the league", Tucker said of Durant.

This can't possibly work for every game but if they can wring enough out production from each of our specialists in Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon, Gerald Green, Ryan Anderson and to a certain extent, P.J. If he were to get injured or tired to the point where he is no longer effective, the Rockets would fall apart and Lebron and Co. could snag Cleveland's second championship title.

Harden finished the first half with 24 points, three rebounds, and two assists, despite missing several minutes attending to injury.

Barnett: "Draymond Green, just because of his defense". Add that aspect to everything else the Warriors did before they added Durant and it's the ultimate video game team.

Since 2015, Golden State is also 13-1 in Game One of a playoff series.

With Tim Kawakami, we break down this series, which begins tonight in Houston.

Nathaniel Friedman on the greatness and malaise of Golden State. This series will nearly certainly go to at least six games, and could easily go to seven games as well. Can Houston even afford to play him for 33 minutes a game, like he did against Utah?

"Physically, other than (backup guard) Patrick McCaw's injury, we're in good shape", Kerr said.

The Rockets, sparked by National Basketball Association scoring champion James Harden, were 2-1 against Golden State in the regular season and went a league-best 65-17 overall, seizing a home-court advantage in the series. "And we haven't shown that yet and that's the doubt in most people's minds, until you show it they don't know.so we've just got to beat them and show them we can do it".

However, he knows that his team is the perceived underdog in this series despite nabbing the top seed because of what the Warriors have done over the past few years.

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