Without Steph, Warriors Close Out Rockets


This was not a competitive game, which says something about the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, their desultory foe. From the beginning of the Warriors’ series-clinching 114-81 win in Wednesday’s Game 5, James Harden was efficient, but he was one of the weak links on a defense that totally collapsed. The end came quickly for the Rockets.

On offense, Houston was a one-man team, wholly dependent on Harden. “Don’t get me wrong, he was great,” Draymond Green said after the game. “[Harden] was scoring the basketball every way. He hit some tough shots, 2s and 3s. But when you dominate the ball like that, that’s one thing Coach Kerr’s really trying to teach us — move the ball, because it just creates rhythm.”

Source: Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN

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