One of our big questions entering this series was how the Houston Rockets would defend the Golden State Warriors.
Well, after the first half of Game 1 we have some baseline data.
Ariza starts on Klay, Harden on Barnes and Terry on Curry— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) May 20, 2015
This was the early result:
You put Ariza on Klay, you don't expect Klay to score 7 points in the first 4:30. If you're McHale.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 20, 2015
Then Dwight Howard had to leave the game due to a little injury scare and David Lee checked in because SURELY he could be effective with Howard out.
Lee, under 4 mins, -7. All baskets at the rim. Why kerr thought this would work v houston who gets to rim like few teams in NBA, beyond me— sam esfandiari (@samesfandiari) May 20, 2015
But after fooling around with big lineups, the Warriors went small in the second quarter with Draymond Green at the 5 and suddenly everything changed.
Went to the restroom and the Warriors went on like a 20-4 run or whatever. Not doing that ever again. Pick it back up, Rockets! I'm back!— Derek Phavorachit (@dphavorachit) May 20, 2015
Poor Houston fans.
And that was before Steph did this:
But the moral of the story? Don't go to the restroom during Warriors games.