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Klay Thompson on not having homecourt advantage vs. Rockets

Klay Thompson, James Harden

The Golden State Warriors are back in the Western Conference Finals for the fourth straight year. But this time, things are a little bit different, as their foes — the Houston Rockets — are the ones who have the homecourt advantage.

As reported by Mark Medina of The Mercury News, Klay Thompson shared his thoughts on charting unfamiliar territory:

“Yeah… it’s a new position… We haven’t been there in a while. So just treat it like any other game”

Below is the full clip:

In the past, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has emphasized the advantage of playing at home during the playoffs:

“We always emphasize home court. We know how tough it is to win at Oracle for an opposing team,” Kerr said. “We know the importance of having a Game 7 at home. We talk about it every year.”

In the regular season, the Warriors’ home and away records both stood at 29-12. Fair to say that it didn’t matter much for them whether they played at home or at someone else’s arena. The Rockets, meanwhile, are 34-7 at home — the best home record, and 31-10 — the best away record. The Rockets took two games out of three in their regular season series.

But as everyone knows, the playoffs are a whole lot different. The Rockets hold the best record in the NBA. But the Warriors have gone through a lot in the playoffs. Critics pick them to come out on top mainly due to their experience, coupled with a powerhouse lineup.