Warriors vs Rockets Game 3: The backstory Going back to Houston’s acquisition of Chris Paul from the Clippers in June, there has been an air of inevitability to the Western Conference finals.
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Event : NBA Playoffs 2018
Team : Warriors vs Rockets
Date : May 22, 2018
Time : 07:00 PM
The Warriors’ biggest foe this season has been complacency, not any opponent. The latest reminder came in Golden State’s blowout loss Wednesday in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
The Rockets had all the answers for the Warriors and have regained home-court advantage with a dominant Game 2 win. The Warriors’ ride to a fourth straight NBA Finals might have hit a speed bump when Andre Iguodala came up limping late in Game 3.
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After advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 39 years, only the Houston Rockets remain in the Warriors way of a trip to the NBA Finals. Warriors vs. Rockets: Stephen Curry goes cold as Houston regains form in Game 2 blowout win The Rockets looked like the Rockets again, and now we’ve got ourselves a series.
As it turned out, the plan worked better than expected, even against non-Warrior teams: Houston won 65 games, finished with the best record in the NBA and beat out Golden State by seven games for the top seed in the West. The Rockets’ defensive efficiency rating of 103.8 points per 100 possessions was sixth, an improvement from coach Mike D’Antoni’s first Rockets season last year, when they were 18th (106.4).
While Houston was overhauling the roster last summer, the Warriors… well, they did just about nothing. Why should they? Their four top rotation players — Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — are All-Stars, and bench stalwarts like Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and David West agreed to come back as free agents.
The Rockets have four new players among their top 10 rotation players, and Golden State has just one, guard Quinn Cook, who was brought on to fill in while Curry recovered from knee surgery, and has been bumped back in the rotation with Curry now healthy. Big man Kevon Looney has gotten more playing time, but he’s been on the Warriors roster for three years now.
For both teams, the road to the West finals has been similar. Houston beat Minnesota and Utah, both in five games, and the Warriors had five-gamers against San Antonio and New Orleans. Heading into their closeout games, the teams had been humming on both sides of the ball — Houston was No. 1 in the playoffs in offensive rating (110.3), and the Warriors were fourth (109.1). The Warriors were tops in defensive rating (99.4), and the Rockets were second (101.1).
The Rockets had all the answers for the Warriors and have regained home-court advantage with a dominant Game 2 win.