The Houston Rockets’ game plan worked wonders in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors. But while the results were different, the Rockets had virtually the same game plan in Game 1, when the Warriors cruised to a big win.
Houston hasn’t exactly made their offensive plans a secret. They are looking to attack Stephen Curry every time down the court. It’s a good strategy. While Curry is a good defender, he is not nearly as good as Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, or Andre Iguodala. And on top of that, he’s the smallest of the group - by a lot - and is still recovering from a severe knee injury.
He’s an easy target. So how is Houston finding ways to go at him? Coach Nick at Bballbreakdown had a stellar video showing it all:
The video is a must-watch for anyone who wants a deeper look at how this series is being played out. But in case you don’t have the time for it, here’s the too long, didn’t read version: Houston is finding ways to get Curry switched onto James Harden and Chris Paul, and the Warriors are making that easy by switching a lot. The Rockets are being persistent, so when Golden State avoids a switch, Houston forces the issue again. And Curry is not doing himself any favors by reaching and going for steals.
It will be very interesting to see if Golden State makes any defensive adjustments for Game 3.