Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Kevin Durant Upset With Being Pulled From Game During Hot Streak

Kevin Durant Upset With Being Pulled From Game During Hot Streak

In the long-awaited showdown, the Warriors beat the Rockets 119-106. But if it were up to him, he would have done even more.

A confused Durant walked toward the bench yelling, "Why?"

"I felt like that's what my players were asking me all season".

"I wanted to stay in the game at that point", Durant said. This is why anybody would want him on their team. But you'll never hear me pop Durant about his ballplaying. "He can get any shot he wants".

However, Curry said he expected that to be the Rockets' plan and he knows the series is going to have a lot of "back-and-forth". They need to contest shots, and they need to not let the Warriors best shooters - again, some of the best shooters in the game - take the 75 percent of the team's shots.

The Rockets are ready to refocus and come out strong in Game 2.

No, Houston's nightmares should be filled with Klay Thompson hitting wide open, uncontested three after uncontested three.

This is the first time the Rockets have trailed in a series this postseason. "There were too many times where we had mental lapses". Golden State long has touted its Death Lineup, even before poaching Durant.

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"We'll make some adjustments on little things that we can do better". The Rockets seldom sent a double his way and he made them pay.

"KD's going to be KD, and he'll be really good", D'Antoni said. "(But) we don't have it.

"I'm going to be fine", Curry said.

The Rockets bigger problem in Game 1 was their switching defense - the Warriors had a 118.4 offensive rating for the game (points scored per 100 possessions, stats via Cleaning the Glass), with a ridiculous team true shooting percentage of 65.4.

"At the end of the day for us, we have a pretty good gameplan going into it".

None of that will matter if Houston doesn't get more stops. "But it's like Chris Paul and that mid-range, they're going to take those". He's one of the best scorers ever, right? D'Antoni said. "I thought he was extremely good". But we can withstand that. "We can't withstand turning the ball over, missing layups, them getting out".

Thompson took on the role of the second scorer, while Curry took a back seat with 18 points on 8-of-15 from the floor. He drove baseline in the fourth quarter and he rose up over two guys, like flying and leaning out of bounds.

"I don't know if we're at our peak", Durant said. Defense is going to win them this series. You think about a couple years ago, and we're in the Finals and we couldn't quite get over the hump. A centerless unit of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Igoudala, Green and Harrison Barnes/Durant. Golden State shot 52.5% from the field overall. Clint Capela had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. UP NEXT After Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.

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