Houston paced the National Basketball Association averaging 1.12 points per possession on isolations during the regular season, and 14.1 percent of their possessions in the playoffs have been isolations, the highest among the four remaining teams.
This will be their third playoff meeting in the past four years, with the Warriors winning both previous meetings.
The scouting report on the Warriors is in some ways pretty simple. After all, while Suns general manager in 2008, he traded All-Star Shawn Marion to Miami for Shaquille O'Neal, who hardly fit that focus of play.
That is the challenge in front of the Rockets, who won a league-best 65 games this season, have the likely MVP in James Harden and are still considered a significant underdog in the Western Conference finals. Simply put, the Warriors are a juggernaut.
Houston went 34-7 on their home floor during the regular season. They can throw Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston at James Harden all game long to throw Harden out of his rhythm on offense. Led by Clint Capela, Houston's rotation is full of solid role players.
Capela has always been a strong shot blocker and rebounder, as he averaged 10.8 boards and 1.9 blocks per game during the regular season. They moved the ball and found the open man, with 27 assists on 43 made buckets. "We just have to go out there and accept the challenge", said Rockets point guard James Harden. I totally understand that it doesn't make as much of difference when these two teams face each other because there's not a particular defensive assignment given with all the switches that place between these teams. This team lost their two best players (Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving) before the playoffs began and somehow knocked off both Giannis Antetokounmpo's Bucks and the up-and-coming 76ers. "They make it hard to guard them".
"No, I like where we are", Kerr said.
The Nugget did not accept any bets on Houston games this season and will not be taking any on the highly anticipated Western Conference finals.
Since the presence of Curry, Durant and Thompson is an absolute nightmare for opposing clubs to defend, points can tally up quickly if they're given space on the perimeter or easy paths to the rim. He seems to go through an adjustment period in the opening contest of a series.
Compare the Warriors' confidence - unbridled but substantiated - with how most of the Warriors' playoff opponents speak about Golden State heading into a series.
Stephen Curry, pictured after making a basket against the New Orleans Pelicans during Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 8, 2018 in Oakland, California, is better than anyone on the Houston Rockets. "Now you've got to play the game", said outspoken Golden State forward Draymond Green.
Losing home-court advantage in the opener would be a bummer and would make Game 2 essentially a must-win for Houston.
If Curry were 100 percent healthy, the Warriors would be bigger favorites to beat Houston than they are already.
"There's been a big buzz around our club about the Rockets".