Following the Houston Rockets’ Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors, the defending champions exuded optimism about their current position. Knowing they can play better, All-Star power forward Draymond Green told ESPN, “We'll be back here for Game 7."
The Warriors are attempting to win their third championship in the last four seasons. The defending champs won their first title with Kevin Durant in tow last year, but the team has not been challenged with the former MVP as the focal point. They currently trail the Rockets 3-2 in the Western Conference Finals.
Both head coach Steve Kerr and Green believe this group is built for the adversity.
"I think they're angry," Kerr told reporters. "I think they know that we could have won this game, could have won the last game. I think they're sitting in there and they're angry, as they should be. They're competitors."
Meanwhile, the Rockets won 65 games this season and would host a Game 7, providing they cannot steal another game on the road at Oracle Arena.
The Rockets lost Game 3 by 41 points, but they have rebounded with two straight wins–including one on the road. Both teams finished neck and neck in the league for offensive efficiency, but it has been the Rockets’ defense that has stifled Durant, Green, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson.
Houston, long known for its innovative offensive schemes, has yielded just 97 PPG in its three wins this series. The fourth win might prove to be the toughest, though.
“I feel great about where we are right now," Kerr said. “Just too many turnovers, too many reaches, and if we settle down a little bit, we're going to be in really good shape."
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