Rockets news: Mike D’Antoni doesn’t want to think about Stephen Curry having a bounce back game
Game 1 of the Western Conference finals did not go well for the Houston Rockets, who took a 119-106 loss from the Golden State Warriors at home on Monday. That despite the fact that Stephen Curry scored only 18 points and shot just 1-for-5 from behind the arc.
With Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson chipping in tremendous numbers, Curry’s production was not that much needed in Game 1. A suggestion that Curry might flip the switch Wednesday night in Game 2 of the series, however, appears to be what Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni’s nightmares are made off, per Brian Witt of Warriors.com.
D’Antoni, when asked if he expects a bigger game from Curry tonight: “Are you trying to give me shivers or something?”
— Brian Witt (@Wittnessed) May 16, 2018
Durant paced the Warriors in the series opener. The former league MVP was simply unstoppable in that game with 37 points on 14-for-27 shooting. Thompson served as the perfect sidekick for Durant, as he supplied Golden State with 28 points while knocking down six 3-pointers. As a team, the Warriors shot 52.5 percent and had six more assists (24) than Houston.
Curry is averaging 23.2 points per game so far in these playoffs after pacing the team in scoring in the regular season with 26.4 markers per contest.
Mike D’Antoni is well aware that stopping all three of the Warriors’ top scorers (Durant, Curry, Thompson) at the same time is a task that is next to impossible, so if his team could at least slow down one of those players in a game, that would be a big plus for Houston.
Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday night.
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