Warriors news: Golden State won’t chase the Rockets, march to the beat of their own drum
Despite opposing viewpoints on the matter, the general consensus around the Golden State Warriors is that they won’t chase the Houston Rockets for the No. 1 seed, even if they are merely half a game away from catching them.
“I don’t worry about what Houston is doing,” coach Steve Kerr told Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports. “They’re having a tremendous season. They’re playing great. They’re going to do what they’re going to do. We’re going to do what we’re going to do. And whatever happens, happens.”
The Warriors have won six straight since coming off the All-Star break, but the Rockets have been on a rampant run since even before then, recently winning their 17th straight game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kevin Durant has the utmost respect for what the All-Star backcourt of James Harden and Chris Paul have managed to do this season, noting both are men of action, not words.
“We respect the hell out of them. We respect all those guys and we know — you hear a lot from their GM [Daryl Morey] — but James, and CP and Trevor Ariza, those guys knuckle down and play,” said Durant. “They leave the talking up to the GM and whoever else.”
Kerr added the team’s emphasis will be to prioritize fine-tuning themselves and let the wins come as they come.
“We had no interest in winning 74 games last year,” said Kerr. “And I came into this year fully expecting to be where we are right now, which is off of our pace from the last couple of years.”
“I didn’t think it was realistic to keep winning 67. I mean, it’s just crazy. It takes a lot of effort and a lot of energy. I like where we are. We’re on pace for 62, 63 or wherever we are. You can’t account for what anyone else is doing.”
This Golden State team has had their eye on the prize and learned from their prior mistakes, gassing out during the 2016 postseason after winning an NBA-record 73 games. The Warriors won’t sweat whether they lose before the Rockets do or vice versa, rather honing in to sharpening the blade before it’s time to slice in the postseason.
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