Rockets grab more offensive rebounds than Warriors’ total defensive rebounds in 1st half
The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets are in the middle of a winner-take-all Game 7 affair in the Western Conference finals. As with any other Game 7 matchups, the Warriors and the Rockets are each expected to give maximum efforts.
The former, however, does not seem to be showing the level of urgency ubiquitous to teams who are on the verge of getting eliminated — at least in the first half of the contest. Conversely, the Rockets are playing as though their players’ lives depend on this game.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Rockets have muscled out more offensive rebounds than Golden State had defensive boards in the first two quarters of Game 7.
Through their first 16 games in these playoffs, the Rockets have averaged 8.3 offensive rebounds per game but has surpassed that mark in just two periods Monday at home.
Warriors defensive rebounds: 10
Rockets offensive rebounds: 11
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 29, 2018
All told, the Rockets had 27 rebounds at the half as against the Warriors’ 18. Getting beaten on the glass is concerning for Golden State. The Warriors entered Game 7 as the best-rebounding team in the conference finals with 43.2 boards per game, which they have been using to fuel their offense.
P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela have both been holding their ground beneath the basket, corralling offensive rebounds to extend their offensive setups.
However, the Warriors signature third-quarter run have pulled the rug under the Rockets thus far.
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