Here at GSoM, we'd first like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the city of Houston affected by the devastating floods.
The Warriors. Chemistry is what you saw Monday night in the Warriors' 115-106 win over the Rockets. They did it without their star player Stephen Curry, who could possibly miss tonight's game. The Warriors' unselfish plays led to double digit scoring for multiple players. Klay Thompson came up big with 34 points while Andre Iguodala dropped 18. Their formula for winning should be similar to Games 1 and 2 while giving Curry the time he needs to heal up.
Stephen Curry injury update:
Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game team will likely decide around shootaround if Stephen Curry will play rather than make it a game-time decision.— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) April 20, 2016
The Rockets have an opportunity to snatch a win on their home court. To achieve this, they need to get something going. With the team's lack of chemistry, James Harden's inconsistencies and Dwight Howard's fall from grace (compared to five years ago), Houston might not make it past game 4 of the series. There's still hope if Houston can hustle hard offensively and find a way to put a defensive hold on Golden State. If there's any room for adjustments, tonight is the night.
Key to the game: Everybody get involved.
I paid close attention to Monday's win over Houston and one thing that stood out was our team's chemistry without our MVP Stephen Curry, who's listed as a game time decision. Our squad can grab another win against Houston IF they do it as a team. Game 2's stats showed how effective they were together.
- No Steph, no problem. Let him rest his ankle/foot a few more days. I personally think our team can handle the Rockets. Teamwork makes the dream work!
- Klay Thompson rallied our team with a 34 point performance Monday night. So long as his streak continues, I wouldn't be surprised at seeing another 30+ point performance.
- Andre Iguodala came off the bench and performed in a major way, contributing 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. If we keep this going, Houston's going to have a tough time rotating players against our rotation.
- Shaun Livingston did his thing as starting point guard in Game 2 with 16 points and 6 assists. This is why we signed him, especially for moments like this with Curry out. His stats speak for themselves. He'll be an important role player if the Dubs want to secure win number 3 tonight.
- DEFENSE will be a key factor for both teams. If we can push it out more aggressively against Houston it will make a huge difference on our end. Both teams are known for their high scoring performances, a defensive push may be a deciding factor on who takes the W.
Win Prediction: Golden State no question (unless the Rockets can prove otherwise). Even without Curry possibly playing tonight, my final score prediction is 115-106.