NBA Playoffs First Round: Warriors vs. RocketsPublished April 18, 2016 by Sol FH
Golden State lead best-of-seven series 1-0, but could be without Steph Curry tonight at 3:30 GMT.
It will take a lot more to convince NBA MVP Steph Curry to stay on the bench tonight in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Curry is nursing an ankle injury, but insists that he will be able to play tonight. After the Warriors' 104-78 victory over the Rockets in Game 1, Coach Steve Kerr is confident about his team's chances with or without Curry in Game 2.
The best thing about Curry being on the bench is we get to see Golden State's depth off the bench. The backups have played incredibly well all season long and aside from Curry's incredible scoring abilities, they were the reason that the Golden State Warriors broke the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls record for wins in a regular season with 73. Steve Kerr played for that team and knows how important having strong backup players is, even when you have the best player in the NBA on the court.
Houston will need to change their strategy against the Warriors. They started the game flat and trailed 33-15 after only one quarter. They were down by 27 points after just 24 minutes, but they are still going out there to win games and trying to stay positive. "It's only one game," James Harden said. "No matter the deficit, you win by 30, you lose by 30, you win by one, it's only one game. Our focus is to come in here and win one game. And we'll have that opportunity Monday night." Easy to say, harder to do, as Harden scored 17 points on 7-of-19 shooting.
NBA Playoff Betting
Whether making a pre-game or live in-play bet, UK sportsbook bet365 Sports has some of the best and most competitive odds on all NBA playoff games this year. If Curry does not play, punters could capitalize on the one-sided odds in favor of the Warriors at 1.066, while the Rockets are at 10.00.