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Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni doesn’t believe in calling timeouts to stop runs

Mike D'Antoni, Nene, Luc Mbah a Moute

The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are getting ready for Game 1 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals on Monday night. More importantly, however, both head coaches in Steve Kerr and Mike D’Antoni are preparing their respective teams for one thing they’re both known for: going on extended scoring runs.

Often times in the NBA, when teams like the Rockets or Warriors go on their scoring outbursts, the opposition calls timeout in order to stop the momentum and get his team re-focused. Rockets’ coach D’Antoni, however, isn’t a big believer in that at all.

Timeouts, there hasn’t really been any data [to prove] it cuts down runs, so I try to save at least 2 timeouts.

D’Antoni added that among the things he has preached to his Rockets over their 82-game regular season in which they won 67 games, as well as the 2018 playoffs in which they’ve gone 8-2, is to always have a short memory and move onto the next play.

“The only thing that we really have stressed all year, and I’m really going to stress it tonight, is that you really have to have a short memory,” said D’Antoni. “We can’t get caught up. They’re going to have runs like that, they’re going to make two unbelievable shots, they’re going crazy and all that. That’s gotta be out of your mind, go back and attack, you’ve just got to play. You can’t be out there thinking and worry about what’s happened.

The Rockets enter Game 1 as the 1.5 point favorites to defeat the Warriors, but many people are still expecting the Warriors to win the series. Houston is good, but tonight’s Game 1 feels like a must-win for Clutch City. Game 1 tips off at 9PM EST.