Keys for Golden State Warriors to Close Out Series with Houston Rockets

May 26th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

The Golden State Warriors will make tactical tweaks ahead of their second shot at a closeout win against the Houston Rockets in Game 5 on Wednesday, but the real secret to advancing will be avoiding freak accidents.

There were two of those in Game 4, and their combined effect kept the Rockets alive.

We all know about the first one—the play that sent MVP Stephen Curry toppling wildly over Trevor Ariza and crashing to the floor with a sickening thud. We've seen dozens of replays by now, and the tops-over-tails spill gets uglier every time.

Avoiding another fluky fall like that won't be difficult, but there should be lingering concern over Curry's health going forward. Golden State's medical staff determined Curry was banged up but didn't have a concussion, and general manager Bob Myers explained to reporters: "If he did, he wouldn't have played. That's a pretty hard line."

Still, mum's been the word on Curry's prognosis, per Ethan Strauss of ESPN:

During the year, the Warriors were 17 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents with the MVP on the court. ...

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