Friday, 22 June, 2018

Warriors falter in Game 5 loss to Rockets

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets – Game Five Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors face an elimination game for the first time this season. Ronald Martinez Getty Images
Domingo Copeland | 26 May, 2018, 04:29

Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals is in full swing, and neither team is playing all that well.

After the loss, Twitter sluths dug up an old tweet from Cook posted two years ago, and things could not be more ironic.

In a frantic final minute of play, the Rockets showcased their tremendous defence to deny Golden State an opportunity to steal the win.

"Well, there are things I tell you guys here, and there are things I tell my team that are private", Kerr said Friday. The Rockets lead the Western Conference Finals 3-2 as series heads to Oakland on Saturday.

Iguodala missed Tuesday night's game after banging his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game.

The Warriors were better than the Rockets in field goal percentage (44 percent), three-point field goal percentage (38.5 percent) and rebounds (51), but it was a few miscues that put Golden State at a disadvantage toward the end of the game. Given Golden State was the heavy favorite to win a title, that $5.4 million contract should have brought them significant value from a role player.

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Late in Thursday night's game, Paul, who happens to be one of James' best friends, suffered a hamstring injury on a drive attempt to the hoop.

How many times have you said to yourself throughout these past two games: this just doesn't look like the Warriors? After drilling a three-pointer, Paul did Steph Curry's classic "shimmy" right in the Golden State star's face.

This was precisely the moment Houston has spent the past year building toward. Golden State had 18 turnovers.

"It will not change anything we do and how we do it", he said.

It's not like Houston hasn't had its own adversity to deal with.

"Because I think the way we've played the last two games, we've played good enough to win and just haven't gotten the job done", he said. While Golden State ranked first in the National Basketball Association in total offense (110.3 points per game) during the regular season, the Rockets finished third (109.5 points per game). The right breaks have gone against them. However, Curry missed a runner off the glass with Golden State trailing by one point down the stretch.

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