For the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night during Game 2, superstar forward Kevin Durant was the team's only effective option on offense en route to their 127-105 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets.
Outside of Durant's game-high 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting, Dubs point guard Stephen Curry was the only other Golden State player to score in double figures with 16 points. However, he was highly ineffective from 3-point range and shot just 1-of-8 from behind the arc in the loss.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave a lot of credit to Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni on Houston's improved defense this season.
“It's a good defense,” coach Kerr said on Saturday, per Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “I don't know how many ways I can say it, but you get to this level of competition, final four teams in the league, best four teams, you've got to be locked in, you've got to compete, you've got to play every possession. We did a much better job of that in Game 1 than we did in Game 2, and Mike (D'Antoni) would probably tell you the same thing in reverse. Pretty good chance both teams are going to come out fighting tomorrow, and we'll see a great game, and we're pretty confident that we're going to play a lot better.”
As a team, the Warriors simply could not get anything going from behind the arc with just an underwhelming nine made 3-pointers on 30 attempts, while the Rockets shot 16-of-42 from that range on Wednesday night.
Golden State will look to take a 2-1 lead at Oracle Arena on Sunday night when they host the Rockets for Game 3.