While they will tell the media they have all the confidence in the world and fully believe they will win the Western Conference Finals, Monday night's 119-106 Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors has to be very discouraging to the Houston Rockets.
It was the Kevin Durant show in Houston on Monday night. Klay made a postseason-high six 3-pointers, including three in the fourth while the Warriors ran away with it for the victory.
Thompson, who had struggled some in Golden State's conference semifinal series against New Orleans, finished with 28 points, and Curry had 18 points and eight assists.
Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go.
A few minutes later, Green was called for a foul after hitting P.J. Tucker during a 3-point attempt, and was pretty demonstrative in his complaint.
It's easy to deem each passing game the most important in a seven-game series, but if the Rockets lose Game 1, the series may be over before it gets going.More news: City reach 100 points as Gabriel Jesus strikes late
By the 5:24 mark, Golden State had established their largest lead of the game at eight, which was built up to as many as 13.
Stay with KRON4 for updates and reaction. The Rockets acquired Chris Paul to take pressure off Harden. "They're getting dunks, they're getting threes and I'm not sure how many transition points they had but it was too many". They had to face a red-hot Kevin Durant. Clint Capela seems to get better every night and Eric Gordon is one of the NBA's best sixth men, but they are not the All-Stars that the Warriors can throw at you when their MVPs are on the bench. The Warriors will look to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
"With the right amount of fear and the right amount of confidence, obviously we're the underdog", he said.
"He's one of the best scorers ever", D'Antoni said of Durant. But without home court advantage, they'll need a swing in the other direction, something like a 7-of-10 game, to take one of the three remaining matchups in Oakland. "It's nice to be at home but we've got a lot of guys who have been in this league a long time". Durant was a handful for the Rockets, and gave his coach an earful after being pulled for a well-deserved rest, and totally claimed Game 1 for the Warriors. Golden State undoubtedly has a sizeable advantage with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the starting lineup.
The Warriors are gunning for him and although the Rockets scored 1.67 points per off a total of 15 isolation plays, it demonstrates that still isn't enough production to beat the Warriors.