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Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets – Game Five Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors face an elimination game for the first time this season. Ronald Martinez Getty Images
Edward Snyder | 26 May, 2018, 04:31

Suddenly, by losing 95-92 to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals here at Oracle Arena, what was supposed to be a second straight relatively easy march to an National Basketball Association crown has been met with stiff resistance. The Houston Rockets are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game.

"I played on that football field in Santa Fe", Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told the Houston Chronicle.

Kerr was trying to get KD-who finished with 29 points on 8-of-22 shooting in the Houston Rockets' 98-94 Game 5 win over Golden State-to find his teammates.

Golden State listed starters Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala as questionable for Game 5 of their Western Conference finals series against the Rockets on Thursday.

Needless to say, Twitter had some reactions to the NBA's most-hated team now being one game from elimination.




The Warriors are averaging 58 fewer passes and 16 more isolation plays in the Western Conference Finals than they averaged this season, and 78 fewer passes per game than last round. If Game 6 and a potential Game 7 go like the last two did, however, the Rockets have a major advantage.

Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr was unsure Thursday if Iguodala would be able to return for Game 6.

According to oddsmakers, the Rockets are a 1-point favorite on the spread line.

Golden State's stars have been uncharacteristically bad in crunch time. Again, this isn't a new problem for the Warriors, who have seen their normally poetic offense swing too far in Durant's direction, particularly during stretches where Steph Curry is injured. That would help send them to their fourth consecutive finals, while a defeat in either game will put a lid on the 2017-18 campaign. Houston has outscored the Warriors by 11 points in 47 minutes during the West finals with Harden on the floor and Paul resting. That switching defense isn't as effective going against an isolation-heavy team like the Houston Rockets.

In a frantic final minute of play, the Rockets showcased their tremendous defence to deny Golden State an opportunity to steal the win. Golden State then had a chance to tie or win the game after Trevor Ariza made just one of two free throws.

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