Warriors downplay significance of convincing Game 1 win over Rockets
The Golden State Warriors went into Toyota Center Monday night and wrestled away home-court advantage from the Houston Rockets courtesy of a convincing 119-106 victory.
Despite the manner in which the Warriors were able to impose their collective will upon the Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, to a man the team refused to concede any added significance to the victory.
“No, and we don’t want to think like that,” Klay Thompson said after Tuesday’s practice at Toyota Center ahead of Wednesday’s Game 2, via ESPN. “That’s just a trap. There is still a lot of pressure on us.”
Kevin Durant, who scored a team-high 37 points in Game 1 — only outdone by James Harden’s 41 in a losing effort — concurred.
“I don’t feel like it’s a huge momentum shift [for us],” Durant said. “Houston can win anywhere. They’ve proved it before. We know it’s a four-[win] series. The first game doesn’t guarantee you winning the series. We just want to keep playing.”
Stephen Curry, relying upon wisdom gleaned from the Warriors’ three straight trips to the NBA Finals, including two victories, pointed out the next game is all that matters.
“We’ve turned the page,” Curry said. “We came in only thinking about Game 1 because that was the only game in front of us. Sounds cliché, but the true championship-mentality-caliber teams, they think like that.
“You have 48 minutes to take care of business, understand what we did well, understand what we can do better. Game 2 is the same mentality. It’s 48 minutes in front of us. … The score is 0-0, so we have to do what we did in Game 1, even better, be sharper.”
Added Draymond Green: “It’s only one game. We’ve got more work to do.”
Should the Warriors win Game 2, it’s possible Charles Barkley’s bold prediction about the series will prove accurate. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, is not seeing it that way quite so plainly.
“We set a great tone for ourselves,” Kerr said. “Now we have an opportunity to really take advantage and win [Wednesday] night and get a big lead. So that’s the plan.”