With Chris Paul out with an injured hamstring and the Rockets shooting just 7-of-44 from three-point range, Golden State won the decisive Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at Toyota Center, 101-92.
James Harden and Eric Gordon scored a combined 55 points, and Clint Capela (20/9) and P.J. Tucker (14/12) kept Houston afloat with great intensity near the rim. But ultimately, shooting 15.9% from three-point range (including 27 consecutive misses at one point) was simply too much of a gap to overcome against the defending champion Warriors, who shot better than 41% from distance.
Former MVP Kevin Durant led Golden State with 34 points, while former MVP Steph Curry added 27.
Our postgame recap offers immediate thoughts on those angles and much more, including why the loss was so crushing; the role of subpar officiating; whether bringing back the current group is good enough to beat the Warriors in 2018-19; and how Houston could possibly take the next step by pursuing an elite free-agent-to-be like LeBron James or Paul George. Tune in:
Why Houston is a better fit for Carmelo Anthony than Oklahoma City
Bleacher Report‘s Kelly Scaletta joins the show to explain why he believes Carmelo Anthony would be a better fit with the Rockets than the Thunder, led by how Chris Paul and James Harden could be better teammates for Anthony than Russell Westbrook. Other topics discussed with Kelly include early reaction to Wednesday’s blockbuster trade sending Kawhi Leonard to Toronto and Demar DeRozan to San Antonio.
The closing segment of the episode examines GM Daryl Morey‘s decision to spurn advances from the Philadelphia 76ers to stay in Houston and why it could speak well to the financial commitment of new owner Tilman J. Fertitta. Tune in:
On the James Ennis signing and latest Carmelo Anthony rumors
Wednesday’s show features reaction to Houston’s signing of 28-year-old swingman James Ennis to a minimum contract, along with news of the Rockets remaining in strong position to add Carmelo Anthony.
Karthik Prasad joins me for analysis, including why the defensive-minded Ennis could become one of the steals of 2018 free agency. Tune in:
On Mbah a Moute’s exit, the likely Melo addition, and Summer League
Monday’s show explores the departure of forward Luc Mbah a Moute and the sudden need for more perimeter defense; the seemingly imminent addition of Carmelo Anthony; and early Summer League standouts, led by Isaiah Hartenstein. Tune in: