Even without Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors are going to be fine against the Houston Rockets. "It might look like that but we both want to win".
"You know, there is something to the slogan 'Strength in Numbers.' It's something we really do play by", Thompson said.
"Fortunately, we don't play until Thursday and he's got some time to get some treatment", coach Steve Kerr said late Monday night. The Warriors are scheduled to practice at Toyota Center in the afternoon. Klay has now dropped 72 points in the two games Curry has missed against the Rockets. He put a little pressure on the ankle while taking several shots and hit six 3-pointers in the corner.
At one point, Curry lined up to try a long jumper from the right wing but didn't release the ball and hopped in apparent pain before throwing the ball in the air, clearly frustrated. He left the court moments later. Later, owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers entered the training room.
Kerr said the decision on whether to play Curry won't be affected by the team's advantage in the series against Houston. It's not worth risking turning this into a long-term issue. Kerr also mentioned, "He understands we have, first of all, his best interest at heart, his career".
The reigning MVP injured his right ankle towards the end of the second quarter of Game 1. They've already knocked two off that total, the most recent, without Steph Curry. The ball movement they had talked about before the game was virtually nonexistent, the defense couldn't capitalize on the absence of Curry from Golden State's lineup, and they just couldn't complete any sort of comeback, always falling a possession short. Curry played just 3 minutes in the second half but Golden State still prevailed with a 104-78 blowout win over the Rockets.
Howard had 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Game 2, but he might have to do more if Houston is going to avoid being swept out of the first round in its rematch of last year's Western Conference finals.
While being without the soon-to-be-two-time MVP is obviously a tough blow for the defending champs, they can still win without him. "When Steph's on the floor, this man just sags in the paint". "I think we showed it's hard to fill that void". TORONTO - Jonas Valanciunas scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Toronto defeated Indians to even their first-round playoff series at one win each.
Shaun Livingston contributed 16 points and six assists playing in Curry's place while Klay Thompson had 34 points and five assists.