Last nights opening game of the Western Conference Final went about as expected for everyone, except the Houston Rockets. James Harden scored a game high 41 points but the depth and talent of Golden State was too much for the Rockets to overcome as they lost by 13.
The biggest takeaway from this game is obvious, the Warriors have more. In order for the Rockets to have a chance they will need the others to step up.
Speaking of the others, here are there stat lines from last night:
Trevor Ariza – eight points, 3/8 from the field, 1/5 from three, five fouls
Eric Gordon – 15 points, 6/13 from the field, 3/7 from three, four turnovers
Luc Mbah a Moute – 0 points, 0/6 from the field, -14 while on court for the Rockets
The Rockets will definitely need more out of these players if they want to make this a competitive series. Also, Houston will need to take better care of the ball. They lost the turnover battle 13-9. A few times, Houston’s offense faltered and they had two shot clock violations. The Warriors have done a good job of defending well when Harden and Paul isolate.
What adjustments do the Rockets need to make to get back on track in game two?