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Golden State Warriors show all their dominance in Game 1 win over Chris Paul and Houston Rockets

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A few thoughts on the Golden State Warriors game 1 win over the Houston Rockets

  • BIG PICTURE:  This was a dominating performance by the Golden State Warriors.  All the items that were going to give them the edge in this series showed up in this series.  Kevin Durant is simply unguardable.  The Rockets lack of transition defense is going to be there Achilles heel.  Interestingly, Rockets took away a lot of what the Warriors wanted to do, but the Warriors were still too good with too many options.
  • Klay Thompson got a ton of looks early or in transition. The Rockets are not a good transition defensive team, 23rd in the NBA this year and the Warriors got a ton of early transition looks and Klay Thompson is the benefactor of most of them.
  • Chris Paul had a terrible game. He got into with Kevin Durant late in the 2nd quarter and never seemed to be the same after that.  He had two massive defensive breakdowns late in the 2nd quarter costing the Rockets 5 points.  He didn’t execute the Rockets switching defense and allowed Klay Thompson and open 3 and Nick Young an open 3.   Then at a key moment of the 4th quarter he never came back defensively and allowed a wide open 3 to Klay Thompson.  The Warriors are too good to make those mistakes.  I posted all three at @lockedonsports at twitter.
  • Can’t imagine what Warriors teammates think about Draymond when he is on the verge of getting ejected the entire first half.
  • Rockets were best team in the NBA defending the off ball screen and allowed the fewest. Warriors got almost none in this game.
  • James Harden gets the step back in Game 1 of each series and it is unreal. Teams adjust and that goes away after game 1.   Minnesota eliminated it and so did Utah.   Golden State will do the same.  Turns him into a driver.  Harden was amazing on the offensive end tonight.  The Warriors were going at him each time they could on the defensive end.
  • The shot making in this game was unreal and the ability to beat guys 1 on 1 is incredible.
  • Ryan Anderson in the first half but that didn’t work so back to Nene in the second half.
  • Rockets went after David West every time they could.
  • Iguodala and Green seem reluctant to shoot. Rockets will likely make them shoot before the series is over.
  • Klay Thompson 6 threes, two in the half court took came off poor Harden defense.
  • Trevor Ariza 5th foul was big
  • Opening moments of the 4th quarter were when the Rockets transition defense was at its worst. They allowed back to back three to Klay Thompson, one when Trevor Ariza is not tight, then next Chris Paul doesn’t get back instead gets in wrestling match and then the Warriors just out run the Rockets.
  • Rockets don’t have a Capela/Harden pick and roll going because the Warriors are switching it every time instead of dropping the big like the Jazz did.
  • Warriors aren’t guarding Luc Mbah a Moute and he was 0 for 6.
  • The David West, Nene and Ryan Anderson minutes are a problem for both teams.
  • Rockets took 66 of their 85 shots in restricted area or three point range – 76%. Better than Utah series

David Locke enters his ninth year as the radio play-by-play voice of the Utah Jazz, having spent the majority of his career in radio in Salt Lake City and Seattle. In the summer of 2016, Locke created the Locked on Podcast Network which has podcast daily bite sized podcasts for every NBA and NFL team. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Locke graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Locke and his wife have a son and a daughter.

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