The Western Conference finals kicked off this past Sunday at Toyota Center and the Warriors came to defend their title.
The Houston Rockets now trail the Golden State Warriors, 1-0, after their 106-119 loss at home. James Harden’s 41 points, 4 rebound and 7 assists was not enough to stop the defending champions. Kevin Durant put on a show last Sunday, dropping 37 points and grabbing 3 rebounds to secure the win. Klay Thompson also helped push the lead, adding 28 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists.
Many people are critiquing the Rocket’s head coach, Mike D’Antoni for his style in coaching. The Houston Rockets offense relies heavily on the iso plays drawn up for James Harden. D’Antoni fired back at critics who are slamming the Rockets offense after game one saying, “That’s what we do best…Have you watched us for 82 games?”
No changes will be made to the offense according to Mike D’Antoni. Defense is the main concern for the Rockets as they head into game two. Kevin Durant’s mid-range shots were a devastating blow to the Rockets throughout the course of the game. Durant shot 27 of his 37 points on isolation plays, shooting 10-13. Harden told reporters this morning, “We gotta do a better job of knowing who’s on the court, trying to rotate and make them take tougher shots.”
According to Houston Chronicle writer, Jonathan Feigen, the Rockets and Warriors was the most-watched opener to a Western Conference Finals on TNT. Game 2 should be no different. The Houston Rockets look to tie the series tonight in front of a home crowd at 8:00 PM.