What they don't always need to do though is attack that mismatch off the dribble and expect the player with the ball to score.
Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat. The Rockets' 50-point third quarter Game 4 of their first-round series with the Minnesota Timberwolves bested the 1987 Lakers. The Warriors defense turned into offense.
His right hamstring strain could not only shift the balance of the Western Conference Finals, it might impact which team hoists the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the NBA Finals and this postseason marred by injuries.
Game 7 tips at 9 p.m. ET on Monday in Houston, with the victor advancing to the NBA Finals. Victor advances to the NBA Finals. Curry was the engine, particularly in the second half.
Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals. "I was just rushing it a little bit". He had a high IQ game and added 29 points.
Actually, that volcanic performance by Thompson helped convince Durant to leave Oklahoma City, which led to last year's championship and helped build a solid case for the Warriors to repeat next month.
For starters, Golden State, in an effort to force the Rockets into defensive catch-22s, has begun leaning considerably on pick-and-pop sets in which Thompson comes over to set a screen for either Curry or Durant. "They will, tomorrow morning, re-evaluate it again, probably tomorrow afternoon, again". The Warriors hung tough in the first half, absorbing wave after wave of the home team's offensive momentum and were down by 11 points at halftime. Rockets guard Eric Gordon started in Paul's place and had 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
But Houston gradually faded, with D'Antoni using only seven players until its deficit reached 20 points. It didn't work. When Thompson and Curry took over in the second half, the game completely changed. "I mean, I guess you could say I was born for it", Thompson said after the game, per ESPN's Chris Haynes.
Now, the Warriors find themselves in the position that malaise has left them: facing a Game 7 here at Toyota Center against the Houston Rockets, who led the National Basketball Association with 65 victories this season.