OAKLAND — The Warriors might want to reconsider their playoff slogan after a 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night.
You know the slogan — it’s been emblazoned everywhere over the last few weeks: Strength in Numbers.
Having strength in numbers would seem to indicate that the Warriors have a deep, solid bench that can provide a positive impact in every game.
That was the case in years past. That was the case earlier this season, even. But in Game 4, it was obvious that the Warriors do not have “Strength in Numbers”.
And, as such, this series is tied at 2-2 and the Rockets have home-court advantage for what has become a three-game series.
With Andre Iguodala sidelined with a left knee contusion Tuesday, the Warriors had an eight-man rotation in a pivotal contest, and that lack of depth manifested in the fourth quarter against a Houston team hellbent on exhausting Golden State for the first three periods.
The plan worked.
And it highlighted how much the Warriors missed the injured veteran forward.
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) reacts to an offensive foul called against him during their game against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Warriors coach Steve Kerr played Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green for the entirety of the third quarter of Game 4. That move that paid dividends at the time, as a patented Curry flurry gave Golden State a 10-point lead, but it came back to sting in the fourth as all four players — the Warriors’ four most important players — looked exhausted in the final frame.
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Source:: The Mercury News