"It's a point where, like I always say, it's a full 48-minute game", he said.
"I was thinking of resigning", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his reaction to the first half.
Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals kicks off Thursday on ABC in Oakland. Guard Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury and missed Games 6 and 7. But when he dusted him off and played him Monday, Curry almost brought him to his knees on D, and Houston got outscored by 12 points - keep in mind that the final margin was nine - in Anderson's 8 minutes on the court.
On Monday morning, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala was having a hard time being sidelined deep into the playoffs. "And with our team, there's just so much firepower, we're going to get going".
Neither heart nor Harden nor game contributions from Clint Capela (20 points and nine rebounds), Eric Gordon (23 points) and P.J. Tucker (14 points and 12 rebounds) were quite enough for a team that, in the very frank words of its general manager Daryl Morey, have always been "obsessed" with toppling the Warriors. Philly scored 47 first-quarter points and led by 22 at halftime. "So if we can get our act together, we'll be fine", Kerr grumbled before walking off after only one question.
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Tucker's 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.
It's possible Golden State would have won one, if not both, of Games 4 and 5 with a healthy Iguodala.
"It's been great to come out of the locker room kind of focused, locked in, made some shots, get some stops and just have fun". They allowed Golden State to outscore them 33-15 as they flailed about offensively going 0-14 from three. More specifically: A second-quarter sequence that night. Two games, six and seven. Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Al Horford added 17 points and Marcus Morris had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.
Green and Durant were barking at each other several times during the game when things weren't going well for the Warriors.
"I can't wait 'til Tuesday", Durant said. But that's what we do. "Just reminds me a lot of guys I played with back in the day when you see Horace Grant, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, just something about winning a championship with those guys that you will never forget, and it's a bond that can't be broken".
But for now, those teams stand at least a year away from greatness, and the status quo endures.