He deflected the question with a joke before finally mumbling: 'don't relax, ' before James Harden stepped in to save his teammate from the uncomfortable moment. "We're going to need it even more at home for Game 5".
And then there's the Warriors, who were coming off a big loss in Game 3 against New Orleans so they put their five best players Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on the floor Sunday to start a game for the first time all season.
This is Paul's fifth appearance in the conference semifinals after losing to the Spurs 4-3 in 2008 while with New Orleans, being swept by San Antonio in 2012 with the Clippers and losing 4-2 to the Thunder with that team before that 2015 debacle against the Rockets.
"There are different ways to win", said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni. "The way we live now, we immediately express those thoughts into the world for everybody to see". "It's going to be a hard, hard thing to do".
"I can't sleep when we lose like that", Green said, according to ESPN. "That was the thing - just try to play with force no matter if I missed shots or not, just keep shooting, keep being aggressive".
The Pelicans rank 17th in second chance points per game (12.0) while the Warriors rank 29th (10.3).
Durant said his free form game plan allowed him to be aggressive and effective at the same time. But you play against that lineup the majority of the game anyway.
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Those concerns disappeared during the first round of the playoffs when the Warriors shut down the San Antonio Spurs, a slow, methodical team that operates its offense through the post.
Warriors lead series 3-1.
The Warriors average 29.2 assists per game, which ranks first in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990, to May 21, 1991.
"We're not looking to win three games, we're looking to win one". It's been done before. "There was absolutely a part of me that thought, 'I don't know if we can get our defense together.' I knew we'd get our offense together, but defense requires a mentality and a spirit and a unity and a sense of goal from the five guys on the floor, and we were just a shell of ourselves that last week".
Curry was on the sidelines for several weeks with an ankle problem but has looked as sharp as ever. By unleashing Durant in Game 4, however, Golden State sharpened a weapon they may have to break out later on when their preferred offensive approach isn't working. Against Warriors lineups that were abnormally position-locked on defense, the resourceful Mirotic took advantage of mismatches and scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including three 3-pointers. There is no desire to return to New Orleans, and that's the reason behind Green's early-morning text message.
Steve Kerr is a fan of the "Hamptons 5" nickname for one of his Golden State Warriors lineups.
But, Gentry said he saw plenty of areas of adjustment and also a series of rimmed-out Anthony Davis layups, which normally fall for easy baskets.