Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni still cautious of Kevin Durant-less Warriors, points out they still have 3 All-Stars
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni believes that beating the Golden State Warriors will be easier said than done, even without Kevin Durant.
Ahead of the their Game 6 showdown, D’Antoni pointed out that the reigning NBA Champions still have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — three All-Stars who can pick up the slack.
Mike D’Antoni knows the #Warriors are fully capable of beating Rockets w/o Kevin Durant noting core won title w/o him + 73 the next season.
“They’ve still got (quietly counting 1, 2,) 3 all-stars out there so they’re good.” pic.twitter.com/ulIJkrOnKW
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 10, 2019
The trio of Curry, Thompson and Green was able to lead the Warriors to a championship back in 2015, and although the addition of Durant made them a more formidable team, his absence does not make them necessarily weaker either. D’Antoni knows this and wants the Rockets to not be complacent.
If the Rockets win Game 6, a winner-takes-all Game 7 will take place on Sunday.
Without Kevin Durant, the Warriors are expected to move the ball more, something that they haven’t been able to do since KD signed with the team a couple of years ago. If the Dubs will be able to play the kind of team basketball that they had when they won the title back in 2015, the Rockets will be in all sorts of problems.
Of course, James Harden is expected to play his best game, but his supporting cast will need to step up as well, particularly Chris Paul, who has been underwhelming this series.
The Rockets have already lost to the Warriors in the West Finals last year, but losing to them again, especially without Durant, will definitely hurt the team’s legacy. It is up to them to take advantage of a great opportunity that has been presented to them.