The Warriors took Game 1 of their much-anticipated Western Conference Finals series with the Rockets Monday, stealing home-court advantage from Houston in the process.
And boy were there some lessons to be learned.
Three of them stand out, in fact…
1. Kevin Durant is the trump card
Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a layup against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Monday, May 14, 2018. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 119-106. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
It’s almost unfair. Alright, alright, it is unfair.
Over the last three games, we’ve seen Kevin Durant in a zone, in a trance — he has a bit of crazy going at the moment and it’s been a godsend for these Warriors, who have ridden it to a series win over the Pelicans an all-important Game 1 win over the Rockets.
I’ve always understood why so many fans are angry about the Warriors and their abundance of talent, but man, do I really get it after these last three games.
The Warriors’ offense now revolves around Durant post-ups and mid-range jumpers and the Warriors are thriving under the circumstances. Golden State doesn’t need Stephen Curry to have a big game or for Draymond Green or Andre Iguodala to hit open shots. They don’t need “Strength In Numbers”. They just need Durant, another guy who can knock down an open shot, and three other dudes who can play good defense.
It’s something that will go underreported because of the narrative surrounding Durant’s move to Golden State, but he’s turned into one of the great postseason performers with his last two postseasons.
It was tough to beat the Warriors before Durant showed up — I don’t know if there’s a …read more
Source:: The Mercury News