Do the Warriors really need Kevin Durant?
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 18:24
In their two most recent games the Golden State Warriors have tripped the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets one after the other. The teams faced off on Tuesday in Houston, where the Warriors won their second straight game against the Rockets this season after dropping the teams' initial meeting back on December 1. The team is now on an eight-game win streak after an impressive road win against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
The win-which was the Warriors' ninth straight-gives the team some breathing room in the Western Conference standings. That's the highest winning percentage for any visiting team in the arena over that span, just ahead of the San Antonio Spurs (44-36, .550).
What had potential to become one of the biggest games of the season quickly became a Golden State show.
During the 2002-2003 season, his last as a player, Kerr averaged just 12.7 minutes of play time per game for the Spurs, the rest Kerr spent observing from the bench.
So it's not totally surprising that the Rockets are rewriting the record books when it comes to team three-pointers.
Draymond Green became the first Warriors player ever with 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season, and the first in the National Basketball Association to do so since Dwyane Wade in 2008-09. Stephen Curry played like the two-time MVP once more. He sank 2,560 triples with the Indiana Pacers.
The two teams kept it neck-and-neck to start the fourth quarter and that was when the defense of Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala helped shut down the Rockets for almost seven minutes.
Playing on back-to-back nights against elite teams certainly wasn't easy, but Golden State figured it out. The NBA began recording blocks and steals in 1973-74. And I also get if I was a fan and could afford to get tickets, and I'm circling LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook on my calendar, I would want to see them play live. It's the fourth time that he has scored 2,000 points in a season. However, he was limited to a season-low four assists in the loss. He's on the verge of repeating the feat this season.
Last season's Warriors also own the record for the most made 3-pointers per game with 13.1, and the Rockets are now averaging 14.5.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has always constructed his teams with the knowledge that the three-pointer holds mathematical supremacy over twos, and the 2016-17 version of the Rockets is his masterpiece.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has already spoken at length about the amount of 3-pointers the Rockets take, and has even said that if they meet the Warriors in the playoffs this season, he thinks they can win with a "barrage of 3-pointers".