You could say that the Houston Rockets on Wednesday Or, more beneficially, the shape that Houston found in his serial evening win was there all the time, like a second set of programming instructions issued on the Wait for the Run command.
Anyway, now that we've seen the Rockets take an opportemp o, aggressively aggressive style to square the series, we can see a way to the final, which was not visible after game 1 … if any of it is sustainable.
Houston, the 24th in the stride after the first two minutes of Wednesday, had four quick breakpoints, which was a big deal since in game 1 he only had three.
As Haralabos Voulgaris noted, the Rockets were particularly aggressive after the Warriors had missed:
Haralabos Voulgaris @ haralabob
Rockets play much faster for mistakes. Shots starting at 10.5 tonight after a GSW miss vs 11.9 in 1h G1.
Still not after GSW Makes (17.8 tonight vs 18.1 1hrs from G1).
The focus on early offensive got Houston many looks, which were not available in a stagnating Game 1 effort, such as this one by PJ Tucker:  NBA @ NBA
Chris Paul dazzles with the Grab and find PJ Tucker for 👌
#Rocks 46 | #DubNation 35
W: @NBAonTNT https://t.co/TuUVrmscgW
Be a separate focus in Houston's game plan or another result to increase the pace, the ball movement also improved. The Rockets registered 23 assists, the third highest sum of the playoffs and five more than in Game 1.
The Tic-Tac-Toe, who went against a jumbled Warriors Defense, was a fresh wind after the one-on we saw on Monday.
All of this – speed, overtaking and aggression – got the RPG into action, turning Houston's offensive into a multi-dimensional weapon.
Tucker scored 22 points and hit five threes; Trevor Ariza finished with 19; Eric Gordon had a deadly self-confidence on a 27-point night, best exemplified by the deep dagger that nullified Golden State's last attempt on his comeback.
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Eric Gordon from a long distance to beat the gun!
8-0 @ HoustonRockets climb to @NBAonTNT in the 4th
#Rocks 108 | #DubNation 89 https://t.co/qlZm8rm1W3
James Harden scored 27 points, but danced less marginally, and Chris Paul hit some punctual pails. Both relentlessly attacked Stephen Curry, who obviously did not burst and looked a step slower than he lost in the last playoff series Golden State, the 2016 Finals. It's no coincidence that Curry deviated from MCL sprains in both cases, but do not expect Paul, who limped around most of the second half of Wednesday on Wednesday, to take care of it:
Defensively Houston increased the pressure on ball handlers, which made it harder for the Warriors to see passing lanes. The off-ball cuts and slides, which had a clean look in Game 1, were still there, but the Rockets' aggression prevented deliveries that could have led to buckets.
Head Coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni Committed After the Game 1, 1945 Reporter Houston's isolation approach was too integral to his identity to change after a single loss: "We do. We are who we are and we are pretty good at it and we can not walk away from who we are, accept it, just be better who we are and do not worry if someone else does the puzzle differently solves. "
That was a valid reason. If you win 65 games slower, hunting mismatches, and firing from controversial threes, a loss should not force a full revaluation. But the Rockets have changed . Strangely enough, they resembled the team that many observers kept for the entire time. Quietly, Houston was a slow, deliberate insult this year; the perception that they were a run-and-gun outfit was never really right.
But it was on Wednesday. More importantly, it worked (along with much better defense) to achieve a much needed victory.
Yes, the warriors were complicit in their own ruin. They are always.
Golden State rose into the kind of listless, self-satisfied startup it sunk so many times during the year. Seven first quarter sales almost matched the nine they played in Game 1. All but Kevin Durant set fire to the Rockets for 38 points on 22 shots missed the efforts and attention divisions
Yet, if we look at the playoff series as a war of adjustments, the first battle goes on to the Rockets. They should enjoy the results of their knockout counter-attack.
But before Game 3, Houston should think carefully.
So much of what the Rockets did to win Game 2 also serves as a blueprint for the Warriors to play. Chaos-inducing speed, relentless transition drives stifles the five-position defense that unravels possessions before the first action is triggered – the warriors like to do that. That's how they flashed their opponents for almost four years.
And they really do it when they are at home, where games 3 and 4 are taking place.
Can the Rockets go with Warrior tactics into the Warriors Territory and expect them to succeed? It feels like it's their best game, at least based on the contrasting styles and results in the first two games in the series. But how many teams did we fail when Golden State inevitably played the game on its terms?
And now the Rockets will purposely involve the dubs in that direction and steer the ship towards ] the Maelstrom?
It's a bold cotton strategy. Let's see if that's worth it for you.
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