Draymond Green credits assistant coach Jarron Collins for Warriors’ ‘phenomenal’ game plan vs. Rockets
Green says Collins helped the team make the necessary adjustments to come away with the 116-104 victory, via Logan Murdock of NBC Sports:
“You gotta give him a lot of credit. His game plan was fucking phenomenal,” Green exclaimed.
There is certainly plenty of truth to Green’s comments. Golden State did a stellar job of containing Houston’s star backcourt pairing of James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Meanwhile, they relied on a balanced approach on the offensive end to keep the opposition on their toes.
It is no secret that Harden is in the midst of yet another historic outing in the 2019-20 NBA season as the league’s leading scorer. Regardless, the Warriors made it clear that they were not going to allow him to be the one that beats them. Instead, they essentially forced him to surrender the role to Westbrook by trapping him at half court and pressuring him to pass the ball early in the possession.
The approach clearly worked as Westbrook struggled mightily to find his rhythm and finished the game shooting 11-of-32 from the field while missing all nine of his attempts from deep. Meanwhile, Harden was limited to 24 points on 18 shots.
Impressive wins have been difficult for Golden State to come by this season. Fortunately, they can take solace in the fact that they still seem to have Houston’s number despite the recent changes.