Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors are going back to Houston for Game 5. But they were always going to have to go back to Houston. The thing is, Durant and company are doing so with the Western Conference Finals all square at two apiece. And if KD could take one thing back, it’s a transition play late in Game 4. Speaking to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Durant says:
“I was trying to see if I had some options. I saw Klay running along the baseline and maybe should have waited until he set his feet, but I just threw a bounce pass and tried to relocate for it.”
However, he knows that’s not the only reason the Warriors didn’t win.
“But, man, that’s not the reason we lost the game. I wish it could have been a better possession at the end, but, you know, we’ve got to live with that and move on and be better next game.”
Overall, Durant put up 27 points Tuesday night on an inefficient 9-of-24 shooting. He’s been Golden State’s leading scorer throughout the postseason, but it came at a price in Game 4. That said, shooting woes would plague most of their starters. Stephen Curry put up 28 points but on 10-of-26 shooting. Klay Thompson only had 10 points on 4-of-13 from the field. But that’s all in the past now; it has to be. The Warriors have three games to show they’re as good as we know they are. On the other hand, the Rockets aren’t going to wilt.
Will Durant get his chance to right his wrong from Game 4? We might find out tomorrow night. This postseason, Durant is averaging 29.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists while playing 37.3 minutes per game. But it looks the Warriors are going to need a little extra in Game 5. Otherwise, the Rockets are going to be just one win away from the NBA Finals.