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The Rockets know that defense will lead to offense

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets know that getting stops and forcing turnovers will lead to higher percentage looks and more transition basketball.

The Houston Rockets couldn’t stop Golden State’s offense in Game 1. The Warriors shot 52.5 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from the 3-point line and they made seven more free throws than Houston.

The Rockets were unable to stop KD on isolation possessions, who scored 37 points. Klay Thompson added 28 points as he was able to repeatedly get loose in transition. The Warriors out scored Houston 18 to 3 on the break. Golden State scored so many easy buckets and the Rockets worked so much harder for their 106 points.

The Rockets can’t allow the Warriors to have only 9 turnovers and they can’t let Thompson take 15 3-pointers in Game 2. Houston can’t beat Golden State if their defense doesn’t become more disruptive from here on out.

Trevor Ariza said that if the Rockets get more stops, it’ll allow them to get easy buckets on offense, via the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.

“The thing that we can get better at or do better is get stops. When we get stops it allows us to get out in transition. It allows for them to make mistakes more so than us.”

Houston has proved that they can get stops all season. The Rockets were sixth in opponents points per game (103.9) in the regular season. They were also 10th in opponent turnovers (14.6) and fifth in steals (8.5).

In Game 2, Houston needs more communication on defense, which will lead to less defensive mistakes. They need to get a few more hands in the passing lanes and they have to run Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson off of the 3-point line.

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Also, Clint Capela has to play more than the 30 minutes that he played in Game 1. Capela was Houston’s best defender in Game 1. He protected the paint and he played excellent perimeter defense when he was switched on to Durant or Curry.