Still holding on to the top seed, despite having their worst season to date under Steve Kerr, Golden State is ready for the showdown. They only have four starters available for tonight as a right ankle contusion will sideline KD. More pressure on Curry.
Houston, on the other hand, is looking to make a statement. They lost to the Warriors in seven last year despite having home-court, and Eric Gordon recently stated that they are the “only team” who can beat the Dubs in series. Well, well.
There are really only a few stats that matter when we’re talking about the Warriors. How their offense is scoring (#1 in the league), how DeMarcus Cousins is playing (15-8-3.5-1.3-1.6), and how the three balls are going down (#5 in attempts, #7 in makes, #3 in percentage). This is a deep team who has three superstars that can outscore any trio in the league. And a designated playmaker in Draymond Green who does not care at all about scoring. But with Kevin Durant out of the lineup tonight, we could potentially see some double-teams on both Curry and Klay with less dire consequences.
This is a team that is hoping to get the #1 seed for the fourth time in five years. They have a chance to create some separation and send Houston a step backward by winning this one. The Warriors will have a good chance to win even without KD, as they made a title run despite him missing a month in March already during his tenure. But this promises to be a battle.
When you talk about the Rockets, it always begins with the bearded one. James Harden is looking to win another MVP award this year, as he’s been stuffing the stat sheet night in, and night out. He’s posting close to 37 points per game, which is the most anybody has scored in a game since Kobe’s 35 per game effort during the 05-06 season. Chris Paul has become his right-hand man of sorts, as he has finally worked hard enough to rid himself of the injuries that will not leave his body alone.
The mid-season additions of Austin Rivers and Kenneth Faried have helped them monumentally, while Iman Shumpert has improved their defense off the bench. Danuel House, who played some big minutes for a while this year, is making his return to the team finally. His two-way contract was upgraded to a full-time deal, and that has him back and ready to contribute. Beware of Houston!
Rockets claim their 43rd win, knock off the Dubs
We’re rolling with CP3 and Harden! The Rockets will be scoring (literally) a win tonight, going over 130 on the night to do so. Harden is going to drop 40, while CP3 will finish with 20-10. Curry will also have 40 for the Dubs, but he and Klay will not have enough help, while Capela holds Boogie in check.
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