Steve Kerr hilariously corrects reporter for saying Rockets missed 26 triples in Game 7 last year
The ease with which the Golden State Warriors dispatched of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals made it easy to forget that they almost didn’t have the chance to repeat as champions in the first place. Steve Kerr clearly remembers those circumstances, though.
Golden State was down 3-2 to the Houston Rockets in last year’s Western Conference Finals, and might have been sent home if Chris Paul, after suffering a hamstring injury in the latter moments of Game 5, had been able to play in either of the series’ final two games. Instead, the Warriors won Game 6 going away, and overcame an 11-point halftime deficit at Toyota Center to beat the Rockets in Game 7 and advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.
The extent of Houston’s second-half letdown in Game 7 surely would have been mitigated by the presence of Paul, who was playing at a superstar level before being injured. A more realistic means of stemming the Rockets’ struggles after intermission, though, would have been their ability to manage even below-average shooting from beyond the arc. Instead, Mike D’Antoni’s team set a new record for three-point shooting futility, at one point missing a mind-boggling 27 straight shots from deep.
Steve Kerr, obviously, hasn’t forgotten the shocking statistical anomaly that allowed his team to scrape by Houston.
Reporter mentions to Steve Kerr that Houston missed 26 straight threes last time they played a playoff game here
Kerr: “27, but who’s counting?” pic.twitter.com/cGFjtGmXKo
— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) May 4, 2019
Unfortunately for the Rockets, they may need similar struggles from the Warriors a year later to get back into this series. Down 0-2 heading into Saturday’s Game 3, Houston faces a must-win lest it fall behind three games games to none, a deficit that’s never been overcome in the history of the playoffs.
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