Golden State Warriors take Game 1 of West Finals

While they will tell the media they have all the confidence in the world and fully believe they will win the Western Conference Finals, Monday night's 119-106 Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors has to be very discouraging to the Houston Rockets. After the game, Rockets point guard Chris Paul conceded that he had left Young on each of those possessions to help on the weak-side. More importantly, they picked apart the lapses in the Rockets switching defense - and there were plenty, more and more as the game wore on and players got exhausted. The Warriors fell early into foul trouble to Andre Iguodala (four) and Draymond Green (three, one technical), but they still had enough star power.

Jumping to conclusions after one game of a seven-game playoff series is rarely advisable, but it was hard not to watch Monday's game and determine the Warriors are a class above the Rockets.

That's also why the Warriors rallied twice after falling behind early, stealing any momentum or hope the Rockets had. He scored from every place on the court. But the Rockets simply had no answer for Durant, who routinely hit contested mid-range jumpers over smaller defenders all night. All things considered, Golden Sate was happy to be down just 30-21 after the first 12 minutes. Thompson might be one of the five best shooters in National Basketball Association history, while Gordon has shot worse than the league-average from three-point range this year.

That will certainly eliminate a lot of the grief that it takes to come from behind and try to win the game to which that's going to be likely scenario if the team continues to allow those unacceptable open shots. Fifteen of those shot attempts came from beyond the arc. Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by 9 in the first quarter, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away. Harden tortured Curry on defense all night, and he visibly exhausted as the game neared its latter stages, and when he got chances to rest on offense he did so visibly. "Kind of a little stick shot They played great defense on that play, so for him to still hit that shot, it was tough".

Kevin Durant
GETTYKevin Durant was 14-for-27 from the floor

Maybe the gap separating the Harden-Paul backcourt and the Durant-Curry pairing isn't exactly enormous. Harden, though, was already there, and the two walked right into each other.

Though it may seem obvious, Game 1 could determine the Rockets' season.

The real problem for the Rockets was the shooting of their role players. He scored 37 points on 14-of-27 shooting and was by far the best player on the floor.

  • Stacy Allen