HOUSTON — Although the Golden State Warriors stole home-court benefit within the Western Convention finals on Monday evening, the defending NBA champions dispute the notion that the strain now’s off them.
“No, and we don’t want to think like that,” Klay Thompson stated after apply Tuesday at Toyota Middle. “That’s just a trap. There is still a lot of pressure on us.”
The highest-seeded Houston Rockets assembled a roster to fight the star energy of Golden State, and dropping Recreation 1 by 13 factors would appear to be a whole letdown. However Warriors ahead Kevin Durant, who scored 37 factors within the opener, stated nothing in regards to the collection has modified.
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“I don’t feel like it’s a huge momentum shift [for us] ,” Durant stated. “Houston can win anywhere. They’ve proved it before. We know it’s a four-[win] series. The first game doesn’t guarantee you winning the series. We just want to keep playing.”
Stephen Curry stated he has already forgotten about Recreation 1.
“We’ve turned the page,” he stated. “We got here in solely occupied with Recreation 1 as a result of that was the one sport in entrance of us. Sounds cliché, however the true championship-mentality-caliber groups, they suppose like that.
“You may have 48 minutes to handle enterprise, perceive what we did nicely, perceive what we are able to do higher. Recreation 2 is identical mentality. It is 48 minutes in entrance of us. … The rating is Zero-Zero, so now we have to do what we did in Recreation 1, even higher, be sharper.”
Houston’s offense relies closely on isolation units initiated by both James Harden or Chris Paul. Rockets guard Eric Gordon instructed The Undefeated that he’d wish to have the ball in his fingers extra, including, “We will not isolate as a lot in opposition to a very good defensive group. I do not care who you’re. We have now among the greatest isolation gamers on the market, however in opposition to a group like that, it should be robust.”
Coach Mike D’Antoni famous the Rockets have been enjoying that approach all season, and so they will not change now.
“It is tiring for them, and it wears them down for offense,” Thompson said about Houston’s approach. “A man’s bought to dribble a lot and defend, it isn’t simple. So we attempt to do this to them. Introduced our greatest, and the ball zipped across the perimeter. Everybody was getting a contact. It is simply simpler to preserve vitality that approach than making an attempt to do all of it by ourselves. We have got to be environment friendly.”
Added Draymond Inexperienced to ESPN: “It is just one sport. We have got extra work to do.”
Recreation 2 is Wednesday evening in Houston. Ought to the Warriors win once more, it will be onerous to check this collection returning right here.
“We set an important tone for ourselves,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Now now we have a chance to actually take benefit and win tomorrow evening and get an enormous lead. So that is the plan.”