If this is how Houston plans on taking down the defending champs, with the ball-pounding style so prevalent in Game 1 that it led to more than twice the isolation plays than the Rockets typically average (45, compared to 22) and more in one game than any team in the past five seasons, then Curry is just fine doing this defensive deed. “If I was the opposite coach and saw Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, I’m most likely going to (go after) me – especially for a team that relies on iso situations like they do,” Curry told USA TODAY Sports after practice on Tuesday. “Cleveland has done it for years. My whole goal is that if you want to abandon (your) normal offense to try to pick on me and put me in mismatch situations or whatever it is, then over the course of 48 (minutes), I’m going to get enough stops to figure it out.”
January 20, 2019 | 4:52 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Indiana Pacers are signing guard Stephan Hicks from G League affiliate Fort Wayne on a 10-day contract.
“Next game in Atlanta is big for us and the one after that (too) because we can’t keep digging ourselves such a hole,’’ said Vucevic, whose 27-point, six-rebound, four-assist and two-block effort wasn’t nearly enough in Saturday’s 118-108 loss to the Bucks. “This is it for us. Every game for us on the board is like a Game 7. We don’t have any margin for error any more. This is it for us and this is our season. So, we either show that we’re built to do this or not. So, we’ll see how we all react.’’
“We’re (eight) games under .500 and it’s still not over,’’ Vucevic said of the team’s playoff chase. “We’re three or four games out and things can turn around quickly, but it has to be done. If we keep losing and keep sliding and there’s too much of a gap, the teams in front of us aren’t going to lose that many games. It’ll be hard for us to go on, like, a 10 or 11-game winning streak. We have to do it right now. Every game, we have to bring it and play at our best for 48 minutes and try to win as many games as we can until the (All-Star) break.’’
Tommy Beer: As of Wednesday, no team in NBA history had ever attempted more than 61 three-pointers in an NBA game. Over the Rockets past two games, they are averaging 69 three-point attempts per game.
Nick Friedell: Kerr says the plan for Cousins’ minutes remains about the same vs. Lakers. They’d like to get him a few more — maybe around 20 — but they liked the way he came through his first game against Clippers.
Mark Montieth: Just got word that Jimmy Rayl, a.k.a. The Splendid Splinter, passed away this afternoon. He was Mr. Basketball in 1959, set a Big Ten scoring record with 56 points at IU and was an original Pacer. Helluva good guy. Nobody loved playing basketball more than him. Story coming soon.