Mike D’Antoni Rumors
Houston coach Mike D’Antoni bemoaned Paul’s absence when asked about the Warriors’ dominance in the third quarters. “That’s what C.P. was so good at in two [of the] games we won,” D’Antoni said. “They’d make a little run, he’d hit a 3. They make another run, and he makes another play. And you have to have those momentum changers and stoppers, and the last two games, we didn’t have them.”
Q. You guys had a great year, and there are things to build on. So what do you tell your guys in the offseason? What is the message for them? Mike D’Antoni: Obviously, Golden State has set the bar for the whole league, not just us. We know where we have to go. We feel like we’re really close, and we just need a good summer of work. A good summer of — you know, we turned it on defensively, I think, from the All-Star break on. That will not slip. We’ll get even better there. And so I’m obviously optimistic because of the guys we’re dealing with, and they’re winners. You keep knocking on the door, and they’ll eventually open.