The Golden State Warriors may have come out on top in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets last night, but not everyone on the team is happy with the way which the team performed.
The Warriors achieved a 119-106 win against the Rockets on Monday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, taking a 1-0 lead in their series, and another step closer towards making their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
Kevin Durant was the best performer on the court for Golden State, as he finished with 37 points, three rebounds, and an assist on the night after 40 minutes of action. He arguably could have had more as he was taken out of the game late in the third quarter.
Despite the impressive win over the number one seeded team in the Western Conference and the best team this season in the NBA, Durant wasn't satisfied with how the Warriors performed, as he doesn't think his team is playing their best basketball yet.
The forward said after the game to NBA TV: “I don’t know if we’re at our peak. I think we could be better. Stakes are high, we’re playing in the Western Conference Finals against the best team in the league, No. 1 seed, and MVP on their team.”
Durant can be proud of the way he performed on Monday night, but arguably, he's right in saying the rest of his team need to step up their game for the rest of the series.
James Harden was the only member of the Rockets that got close to Durant's point production on the court, as he finished with 41 points, while the rest of his team struggled to post double figures on the night. This isn't going to be the case for the rest of the series, so Golden State needs to step up their game to make sure that they don't drop any games.
The rest of the Warriors need to find their rhythm quickly if they have any aspirations of reaching the NBA Finals once more to defend the NBA Championship. Otherwise, Houston will take full advantage and turn the series around in their favour.
Game 2 between the Warriors and the Rockets takes place later this week on Wednesday from the Toyota Center in Houston once more.
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