Rockets have plenty to fix for Game 2

May 16, 2018
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday night in Houston. Houston won 97-96.



The Houston Rockets have plenty of things to fix after squandering their coveted home-court advantage in game one of the Western Conference finals.

Tops on their list: limiting turnovers, eliminating open 3s and making things tougher on the Golden State Warriors - particularly Kevin Durant.

"Kevin Durant and (Stephen) Curry, they're good. So they're going to make shots," Houston coach, Mike D'Antoni, said. "Our head can't explode that they go one-on-one and make shots ... you have to be able to absorb some of their greatness; at the same time, don't make the mental errors that we did. That would accumulate for 15, 20 points, and that's the difference in the game."

It almost sounds like the Rockets will have to play almost perfect to beat the Warriors. They wouldn't go as far as to say that, but James Harden, who scored 41 in Game 1, did say that at this level the margin for error gets razor thin.

"It's the (conference) finals," he said. "There's four teams here for a reason. Obviously these four teams have done great things all year. You can't make the same mental mistakes like you're in a regular season."

There were plenty of Rockets miscues in Game 1.

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