Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni wants his team to have a relatively short memory following Monday's 119-106 defeat to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals.
D'Antoni told reporters he wants his players to consider the necessary adjustments to make after the loss at Toyota Center but not dwell on the result too much. He added the Rockets have plenty of time to regain home-court advantage in the series. NBA TV shared D'Antoni's comments:
Jumping to conclusions after one game of a seven-game playoff series is rarely advisable, but it was hard not to watch Monday's game and determine the Warriors are a class above the Rockets.
James Harden had 41 points and seven assists, while Chris Paul finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. As a team, Houston shot 45.9 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc.
And yet, the Rockets still lost by 13 points at home.
Most worryingly, Houston had little answer for Golden State's high-powered offense. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green combined for 23 points, but Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant scored 28 and 37 points apiece.
D'Antoni can make all kinds of adjustments for Game 2 on Wednesday, but there's only so much he can do when the opposing team has four players as good as Green, Curry, Thompson and Durant.
The Western Conference Finals are still far from over. All the same, falling down 0-2 to the Warriors, who'd still have three games at Oracle Arena, would leave the Rockets with a massive deficit to overcome in order to reach the NBA Finals.