Preview and Prediction: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

  • Preview and Prediction: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

Preview and Prediction: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors

For some reason, the Rockets just weren't able to replicate that same magic in Oracle arena. But if you bet on Golden State at Las Vegas' Golden Nugget, you've already been paid even though the Western Conference Finals is far from over.

"I blacked out", Curry said after the game when asked about it.

"There's obviously that anticipation when you come in transition and you find an open look and there's a collective hush in the crowd, especially in this building", Curry said.

"We've already graded [the Warriors] a victor", Golden Nugget sportsbook manager Aaron Kessler said before the start of the Western Conference Finals. "It's a message I've heard before". The Warriors have had a tendency to take their foot off of the gas pedal at times in the past when they've felt comfortable before snapping back into form and dominating once again (see: Game 3 against New Orleans). He is now 7 of 25 from long range-he made one in each of the first two games.

Marcus Thompson of the Athletic tweeted out that Thompson unequivocally guaranteed that he'll play better in game 3.

Curry's on-ball defense in Game 2 was why Ariza scored in the paint and why Tucker got all those 3s.

Steph Curry
GETTYSteph Curry got it going after half-time

At the end of the first quarter, Golden State led 31-22.

The West finals now hinge on whether the Rockets, blasted by D'Antoni for their "soft" play, have the requisite composure to prevent Curry's game-changing run from becoming a series-tilting sequence. Steph, Draymond, Andre (Iguodala) and Klay (Thompson), those are guys who have been here for a while, so then you add KD to that, a guy who's seen everything in the playoffs.

"It's not just this year it's the last four years", Kerr said.

On one of those occasions, cameras caught Curry saying "This is my f***ing house", after making a contested layup. You're facing the other team's best pitching night after night. "It got Oracle pretty fired up and that's a rare occurrence".

"Offensively, we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it", Harden said. It's not something that you coach, it's just something that's in them. The Warriors fought off boredom during the marathon that is the regular season, and have defeated Houston by 13 points on the road and 41 points at home. "But we have to control what we can control, and make sure we're aggressive". "We have short memories".