Houston missed 37 three-pointers Monday night, including 27 in a row at one point and all 14 attempts in a game-turning third quarter.
For the fourth consecutive year, the NBA Finals will comprise of two powerhouses in the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. "It doesn't matter, next man up". Game seven, you get some nerves. "It doesn't matter who plays, step up".
However, as Van Gundy noted, the Finals will feature plenty of star power, which should be enough to ensure viewer interest, even if the series turns out to be as lopsided as many expect. Trevor Ariza was 0 for 9.
"The first half, just our energy defensively was different". "Forty-eight minutes, it lasts a long time and there's so many opportunities to get yourself going as a team". We've got EXCLUSIVE details on how he's now dreading going up against the mighty Golden State Warriors.
"I think it was just a level of experience and maturity from our group that helped us get to the finish line", Curry said.
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If this game was any indication, it's going to be a high-event series with plenty of offense and highlight-worthy action. Game 2 goes Wednesday in Vegas before the best-of-seven series switches to Washington for Games 3 and 4.
It was a bitter end to a sweet year for Houston.
Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets' bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury. Many doubted that he would play well with Paul after the point guard was acquired in a trade with the Clippers. He woke up in the second half of Game 7 along with the rest of his teammates, though, and will get a shot at a second consecutive National Basketball Association title.
For Houston coach Mike D'Antoni, there is no question. "We had it. We thought we had it".
"If they get blown out both games, it doesn't matter what we say". The Warriors will make you pay the price for making mistakes.
The truly great LeBron James will try and lead his Cavs teammates by the hand past the greatest team that money has bought.
"It's way too early". "They have (James), the best player in the world". The 2015 Finals MVP is Golden State's best defender and would be the best option to limit LeBron, but without him Steve Kerr might be forced to rotate Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney, Shaun Livingston and Nick Young, as he did in the Western Conference Finals.