Stephen Curry: 'There's an Art' to James Harden Drawing Fouls

Doug Mendoza
May 15, 2018

To find out how to watch a live stream of Game One in the NBA Western Conference Finals series pitting the Golden State Warriors against the Houston Rockets, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article.

The Rockets have been deadly from behind the arc in the 2018 playoffs, outscoring opponents by 13.8 points per game from three-point land.

James Harden, who in all likelihood is the league's MVP for the 2017-18 season, is poised to have a great series for Houston. The Warriors may have lost two of three, but they hold the overall point margin from the regular season by just one point. If the team that gets out of the Western Conference is remains healthy and not worn out, they should win in 5 games. "That's their key. When they really defend well, and they don't turn the ball over, they then get into the open floor and play the attractive game". They have a bench filled with defensive stalwarts who can cover multiple positions.

Since 2015, the Warriors have commanded four of the six highest prices for the Western Conference Finals. Simply put, the Warriors are a juggernaut. The Warriors legitimately have three guys that can explode for 30-points-plus at any moment.

Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds. They've owned the Rockets in the past. The Rockets countered with an effective field goal percentage (56.0) above their season average (55.1) against a team rife with stellar individual defenders, meaning Houston will continue to do what comes so efficiently.

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"My only concern was in the last couple weeks of the regular season when our defense was really bad", he said. They will be opening the series on the road. They have the only backcourt in the league that can compare pretty favorably with the Warriors, combining two All-NBA guards in Chris Paul and James Harden. That was seven games better than Golden State, which dealt with a host of injuries in the second half of the season as the Rockets flew past them in the standings. But unlike Harden, he had more than just a little help from his friends. Ariza, Tucker and Mbah a Moute can't stop him, but they should at least be able to stay in front of him. Other than that, the Warriors can seem listless, disengaged, perfunctory, out of rhythm, even discombobulated.

It is a ballyhooed matchup featuring the two most efficient offenses in the National Basketball Association but defense will play an important role in deciding the series.

With 41 points, seven assists, and four rebounds, it is safe to say that Rockets guard James Harden absolutely brought his "A" game.

"He's one of the best scorers ever", D'Antoni said of Durant. Paul's historically excellent individual playoff stats have been undermined by his lack of team success in the postseason. Durant and Curry are second and third on the list. While Curry is nowhere close to a turnstile on the defensive end, however, he is nowhere close to CP3 on that end of the floor. And with Golden State featuring its usual brand of ferocious half-court defense, the Rockets didn't have almost enough firepower.

Now the Rockets are left to regroup after losing their leg up in the homecourt advantage they worked all season for. This series will nearly certainly go to at least six games, and could easily go to seven games as well. So I'm going to get scored on, they're going to get scored on. "They're either going to have to slow it down, abandon the isolation, abandon something that they typically do all the time because that's just the nature of winning a championship". Nor did it mean anything that Houston was the No. 1 seed and had home court advantage. However, he would score only eight more the rest of the game. The Warriors have been able to cruise through the past two season without really feeling threatened, but they can not afford to take this Rockets team lightly if they are going to win another championship.

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