Steve Kerr reveals Warriors’ Game 6 vs. Rockets in 2019 playoffs is his ‘favorite game’ from past 5 years
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says the Dubs’ win over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals is his “favorite game” from the past five years.
The Warriors played Game 6 without Kevin Durant. Everyone thought the Rockets were going to easily win at home and force a Game 7 back at Oracle Arena.
However, that’s when Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson reminded the world they were still a lethal trio to be reckoned with:
“If I look back at these last five years — if I had to say what was my favorite game — it would be Game 6 in Houston last year,” Kerr told Bill Simmons on the Book of Basketball 2.0 podcast, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Kerr says what the Warriors showed during Game 6 is what defines Dubs basketball, particularly noting the game-sealing play was a prime example of unselfish basketball:
“We had a possession late in the game that sealed it basically. Remember, Steph and Draymond were running that side pick-and-roll over and over again and Steph was going nuts,” Kerr explained.
“The final dagger was — Houston had adjusted, they double teamed Steph, he hits Draymond in the pocket, they come over to rotate to Draymond, he hits Andre (Iguodala) along the baseline and Andre kicks it back to Klay for a 3-pointer.
“That play to me defines what our team has been about for the last five years. The ball movement, the spacing, the beautiful vision and awareness of Andre and Draymond, and the lethal play of Steph and Klay.”
After eliminating the Rockets, the Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals, advancing to their fifth consecutive NBA Finals.
In the Finals, the Warriors lost to Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in six games. Durant, of course, returned in Game 5, but then tore his Achilles. Thompson tore his left ACL in Game 6, the final game ever at Oracle Arena.