The Golden State Warriors dropped Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, 127-105. Here are our takeaways as the series shifts to Oakland.
A series does not start until a team loses at home, or so the problematic-but-fun-to-pretend-is-true saying goes.
In the case of this year’s Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, that generality is flipped. It took Houston winning 127-105 — at home — to really get this thing going.
Kevin Durant was incredible again, scoring 38 points on 22 shots. But the Rockets stifled his support, limiting Stephen Curry to 16 points on 19 shots, Klay Thompson to eight points on 11 shots and Draymond Green to six points, six rebounds, six assists, four turnovers and a -24 rating.
In fact, the entire Hamptons 5 was -20 or worse. In our Game 3 takeaways, we are going to look at why that starting unit doomed the Warriors early, why it normally saves them, and what one of its members might do going forward.