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Mike D’Antoni says Houston’s defense went to another level thanks to Warriors’ offense

Mike D'Antoni

The Houston Rockets knew they’d have to play at another level matched up against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

After two games, the series is tied and if the Rockets were being honest, they’re happy enough with where they are sitting after a statement in Game 2.

Perhaps the most impressive feat so far this series has been how difficult the Rockets have made it on the Warriors’ offense. Everyone expected shootouts and the scoring has been high, but life has been more difficult than expected for a Warriors offense that rivals the best ever.

Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni had some interesting thoughts on that subplot, via USA Today:

“Golden State has made us go to another level (defensively) with their offense that if you just guard it (conventionally), it’s unguardable, so it makes us switch,” D’Antoni told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “And there are a lot of problems with switching. It’s not like it’s going to solve all the problems, but they make us switch. And our offense makes them (switch), and they’ve been really good at switching. Now obviously in switches, you’ve got to pick on (someone). And (Curry) isn’t bad, but if he’s the worst of the five, you’re not going to pick on the All-Defensive player (or) the Defensive Player of the Year. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

The strengths of the Warriors forces the Rockets to switch and it seems like it may be working out, on both sides of the court.

It will be interesting to see if the two teams stick to this strategy as strictly as they did in the opening two games or if adjustments are made.