If Curry does sit out Game 2, we actually have a decent preview of how the Warriors will approach this.
“I’m preparing as if he’s not going to play because you don’t want to be surprised at a game-time decision”, teammate Klay Thompson said.
“We had a good conversation today before shoot-around and Steph is a very rational person”.
Even without Curry, or maybe especially without Curry, when they feel threatened and targeted, the Warriors are the toughest, most stubborn team there is. “I just told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that that record would ever be broken”.
Thompson said it would take more than just him to replace Curry’s league-leading 30.1 points per game and everything else he offers. As long as he can’t make it worse, Curry insists it will be hard to keep him off the court Monday night.
Kerr said he and Curry had a long chat earlier in the day.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Thursday night in Houston.
The Warriors thrived in transition offense without Curry in the game, using an up-tempo style to overwhelm Houston defensively.
However, any hope Houston had of exploiting Curry’s absence was ruthlessly snuffed out by the Warriors, with Klay Thompson stepping up to weigh in with 34 points.
Green spun around Harden and went in for a dunk to give the Warriors a 101-90 lead.
Blake Griffin had 19 points and 12 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan added 18 points and 12 rebounds and J.J. Redick had 17 points.
James Harden had 28 points and 11 assists to lead the Rockets, losers of six straight and 14 of 15 to Golden State.
By the time the half rolled around, the Warriors had built up an eight point lead and 66 points.
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) reacts to a turnover against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter of Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 18, 2016. “The Warriors are too deep, they can win it all”. Current MVP favorite Stephen Curry was red hot in the first half as he finished scoring 24 points with five three pointers.
“Every time we reached, we fouled him, and they were all fouls”, Kerr said.
The Warriors held the Rockets at arm’s length for most of the game before putting them in their place in the fourth quarter and setting the game out of reach. By halftime, Harden had already attempted 13 free throws.
In a riveting first quarter, Iguodala drained 3 three-pointers from the wing, Harrison Barnes had an electric dunk and Green was everywhere, corralling 5 rebounds in the quarter. The Rockets desperately need Harden to get to the free throw line often to break the pace of the game and get Harden easy points at the line.
Livingston then capped the burst with a fastbreak hoop that created the Warriors’ biggest lead of the game to that point, 99-85, with 6:48 left.