Rockets prepare for Warriors
The Rockets know that defending the Warriors won't be easy.
The strategy all year has been to pack the paint with bodies and force opponents to shoot difficult jumpers. Thing is, the Warriors excel with those jumpers, leading the NBA in three-point shooting. Stephen Curry is second in the league individually from distance. He is far from alone as a Warriors' deep threat.
"They're really going to shoot the ball," Kevin McHale said. "So we're going to have to be aware of Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, (Jarrett) Jack... they've got a lot of other guys that can really shoot the ball. So we're going to have to be more aware of their perimeter shooters and where they're at. We're still going to have to pack the paint, but we're going to have to pack the paint a little differently."
"They have so many shooters and they space the floor well," Chandler Parsons said. "We're going to really have to help, help and get out (in transition), recover, and have each others' backs out there."
"We know they're a great three-point shooting team," Patrick Patterson added. They're a tremendous team. They move the ball well. They do all the things well in order to get wins. So this'll be a great test for us.
"It comes down to, pretty much, just contesting their three's, making them uncomfortable, and rebounding the ball."
Just to add to the defensive difficulties, the Warriors have Andrew Bogut back to bolster their interior play. The Warriors have not lost in Bogut's three games back in the lineup.
"I think Bogut's one of the top centers in the league," McHale said. "He's a great passer. He sets picks, gets rebounds, blocks shots. He's very good."
One thing to keep an eye on: the ankles of both starting point guards. Jeremy Lin rolled his ankle in the final minutes of practice on Monday. He'll be a gametime decision. For Golden State, Curry has been battling a sprained right ankle. He scored 29 points on Saturday, but the Warriors have a back-to-back set coming up. Golden State will be traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder the day after they take on the Rockets.