Both the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors tucked themselves into bed on Sunday night, with a 3-1 lead in their series. It now looks very likely we’ll end up with a Rockets-Warriors matchup for the Western Conference finals, and I’m sure this makes everyone tingle with delight.
However, we finally stumbled upon the ‘real’ Golden State Warriors team last night and it looked damn scary. The lineup consisted of Stephen Curry, Klay Thomson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, dubbed The Hamptons Five. Why the crazy name? Because it includes all four players that went to the Hamptons to recruit KD during free agency two years ago.
Honestly, this name totally sucks, and I also don’t agree with the Death Lineup either. That’s for another time to explain. Call it what you want, this team is impressive. In just 17 minutes and 46 seconds on the floor together, the Hamptons or Death lineup was plus-26 points. Pretty much meaning the Pelicans could never catch, nor even come close to the scoring power that the Warriors unleashed on them.
Kevin Durant was the player that was unguardable and stood out from the pack on Sunday, finishing with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Every time the Warriors needed a bucket, there he was. Every time the Pelicans got a little bit of hope, there he was. This might have been one of Durant’s most impressive games as a Warrior, and certainly the most important since the 2017 NBA finals.
This game all stemmed from Draymond Green sending KD a “Long-Ass text message”. Green got so agitated by his team losing on Friday night that he needed to light a fire under Durant. Green told ESPN, ”I just challenged him to be who he is. I didn’t see him attacking or being aggressive enough on both ends of the floor like we need him to be. You know, I don’t hold back”. When Durant woke up hours later, his reply to the text message was “I got you.”
Catch you Thursday.