The Golden State Warriors looked more than pleased to be home in their blowout win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night, but Steve Kerr expects the Western Conference Finals to get a lot tougher going forward. "No matter what questions I was being asked over the first two games or what the expectations was, I had the highest expectations for myself", he said. Golden State set a new franchise record, as the 41-point win is the largest margin of victory in the team's Playoffs history. He scored 37 points in the series opener and added 38 points in Game 2, making 55.1 percent of his field goals and shooting six-of-13 from three-point range.
The defending champions also broke an National Basketball Association record by winning their 16th straight postseason game at home, breaking the Chicago Bulls' mark of 15 straight in 1990-91.
The defending champions got defensive - and maybe a little mad - after a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday night at Houston, determined to make stops to ignite the transition game and open up 3-point shooters. "We got it handed to us", Kerr said.
Especially Curry, who snapped out of his slump with four in the second half.
"I've seen those explosions happen everywhere, not just here", Green said.
Looking in on three days in a vacuum, it's a relatively short time to the average person. That's how his three ball is.... "Played soft, actually. I mean, you can't do that with these guys". Then, theoretically braced for Golden State's trademark third-quarter pushes, Houston immediately conceded a 10-0 run out of halftime.
Perhaps the reason this has gotten less attention than Curry's lackluster outing is that Thompson had an excellent game 1.
The Rockets came into the contest on a high after thumping the Dubs in their previous outing but they were blown away at Oracle Arena in a whopping 126-85 loss which sees them now trail 2-1 in the series. He struggled with his long-range shot again early but drove through the paint at every chance.
"In the second half we came out too slow and too soft". The 7th 40+ game of his postseason career and the 3rd this postseason. But if you bet on Golden State at Las Vegas' Golden Nugget, you've already been paid even though the Western Conference Finals is far from over. Offensively we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it.