Warriors' victory wakes up Rockets, Basketball News & Top Stories
Mar 17 2019
For the better part of the last month, the Warriors have tried to stay above water. "We're gonna go small, and attack that way", Rivers said. "He's DeMarcus Cousins", Curry said. The Warriors have seemingly been complacent for a good part of the season, yet still hold the No. 1 seed in the West and appear to rise to the challenge whenever they decide to up the effort.
"We locked in and we got stops and we knew who we were guarding", he said.
They found out that answer on Wednesday night.
Like every squad, the Warriors have gone through their fair share of ups and downs this season with internal controversies and a number of injuries. Of the team's 10 losses at Oracle Arena, the Warriors have lost in blowouts to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. After Wednesday's game, Green credited the first-year Warrior for adapting to the reigning champions' style amid the intense spotlight.
Meanwhile, the Warriors have won in Philadelphia, Boston, Milwaukee, Portland and Indiana.
The Warriors still finished with a 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday due to their four other All-Star as well as a dependable supporting cast.
"I think we need to remind ourselves that he's still pretty early in the process", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. They just did a good job, a little bit better than us. Sometimes at home we kind of just relax and think "oh we're gonna win".
"We fought the entire game, it's just we came up against a good team", Harden said. The Rockets are tied with Oklahoma City for third place behind Denver. But more than his numbers today, it was the way he played, that showed Warriors fans, and maybe the team, what he could do when he is fully healthy.
Cousins, who only made his Warriors debut in January after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, is averaging 15.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 20 games, numbers that pale in comparison to his career averages of 21.3 and 10.9, respectively.
"I mean, I was getting wide-open looks from his passing ability".
"We'll look at film, try to get better and move on. That's the goal. I'm gonna have to guard somebody, and I'm looking forward to it". He has averaged 22 points over the last five games and has made five 3-pointers in each of the last three.
Rockets guard Austin Rivers has enjoyed some success checking both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson this season, and says his speed and size allows him to "bother them a lot of times". "It's a tough place to play and a hell of a team". Durant missed the game with a sprained right ankle.
The Warriors had effectively no points from Draymond Green (2 points) but still could play him 37+ minutes and be effective because Cousins kept finding Curry and Thompson and when he couldn't, he just scored it himself.