Houston Rockets: 3 things we learned from Game 2
The “let Kevin Durant eat and stop everyone else” strategy works
Kevin Durant has scored 75 points with a shooting slash of 55/46/100 in the first two games of this series. No matter the defender, KD has been absolutely unstoppable. A 7-footer with the ball handling skills and foot speed of a guard is basically impossible to defend. No surprises there.
But with Stephen Curry still hampered with a leg injury and Klay Thompson being more of a spot up shooter, Houston can contain Durant’s supporting cast. Curry is averaging just 17.0 points per game on 15.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Klay Thompson was hot in Game 1, but he scored only 8 points and shot just 3-of-11 from the field in Game 2.
Outside of Golden State’s three prolific scorers, no other player scored more than Quinn Cook‘s 7 points, which all came in garbage time.
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Instead of double teaming Durant, Mike D’Antoni has allowed Tucker or Ariza to defend him one-on-one while the Rockets attempt to slow down everyone else. If the Rockets can continue to run Curry and Thompson off of the 3-point line, this defensive strategy is Houston’s best shot at slowing down the Warriors offense.