Chris Paul elbows Kevin Durant in the butt

May 15, 2018, 15:29
Chris Paul elbows Kevin Durant in the butt

Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors speaks to the media prior to Game One against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. He hit three three-pointers, attempted six free throws and attacked the rim easily.

Kerr said the Warriors wanted to acquire Durant after they lost to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals because of his ability to take over a game offensively.

And he didn't stop there.

The Rockets, careful not to leave Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant open, tend to give Young plenty of room to operate. He proceeded to make the shot because of course he did. Klay Thompson had 28 points, Steph Curry added 18, and Andre Iguodala had 11 points.

"It's better to have it than not.it's important but they've shown they can win away from home, we can win away from home", coach Mike D'Antoni said. According to NBA.com stats, Harden led the league with 877 points off isolations during the regular season, with Cleveland's LeBron James (500) the only player who scored even half as many points on such plays.

Game 2 is set for Wednesday night at 9 PM.

When Harden hits a three 20 seconds into the game and Capela blocks Kevin Durant on the very next Warriors' possession, it looks like this night is going to live up to the hype too.

That, after all, is why Kevin Durant is on the team.

If you're like us, you've been waiting for this matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets all year.

The Rockets rediscovered their offense after that, scoring the next eight points, powered by 3s from Gordon and Gerald Green, to get within 85-80 with about a minute left in the quarter. An adversarial crowd greeted the Warriors during lineup introductions and throughout the game.

After Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.

The 65-win Houston Rockets, proud owners of the best record in the NBA this season, are being treated like a national joke after one loss. While they had success against Golden State in-season, the playoffs are another beast altogether If they were going to get it done this time, they needed everyone to bring their "A" game.

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