The highlight of the NBA Playoffs Western Conference Game 1 came after the final buzzer during the post-game press conference when Riley Cooper, 2-year old daughter of league MVP Stephen Curry, stole our hearts. This came just over a week after P.J. Rose, son of Chicago Bulls star Derrick, became the toast of the nation after the Bulls Game 4 loss to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference semis
Steph was also in the shadow of another Curry, but this time when he was on the hard-court as the twitter-verse went berserk over…his mom.
Stephen Curry’s Mom Sonya Steals The Spotlight After Warriors Win, Earns Praise For Age-Defying Looks http://t.co/CxLcKgkIBg via Nathan F…
— All Trends IT (@All_Trends_IT) May 21, 2015
A Closer Look At The Houston Rockets V Golden State Warriors Game 2 Spread, ATS Pick & TV Info
Matchup: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Date: May. 21 2015
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
TV Info: ESPN
Spread: Warriors -10
Game Total: 220
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Houston vs Golden State
Houston Rockets’ Projected Starting Lineup:
- Terrence Jones, PF 6′ 9″, 11.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.1 APG
- Trevor Ariza, SF 6′ 8″, 12.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.8 APG
- Dwight Howard, C 6′ 11″, 17.2 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 1.4 APG
- Jason Terry, SG 6′ 2″, 9.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.0 APG
- James Harden, SG 6′ 5″, 26.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 8.0 RPG
Golden State Warriors’ Projected Starting Lineup:
- Draymond Green, SF 6-7, 13.8 PPG, 10.1 RPG
- Harrison Barnes, SF 6-8, 11.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG
- Andrew Bogut, C 7-0, 5.3.2 PPG, 8.2 3PG
- Stephen Curry, PG 6-3, 28.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG
- Klay Thompson, SG 6-7, 20.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG
With the 106-110 win the high-flying Warriors took the lead 1-0 after Game 1, but it was the Houston Rockets who showed their mettle after covering the spread as 10 points underdogs. It was also the first time the Rockets covered the spread in the last six head-to-head games against the Warriors. Game one, by the way, was UNDER the 219 point total listed on the 2015 NBA playoff betting board before the game tipped.
MVP Curry lived up to his new title as he went 13 of 22 on the night for 34 points, and five assists, along 6 of 11 from three-points. The Warriors had a 26 to 5 run to close the second quarter after they had already gone down by 16 points. Backup PG Shaun Livingston, who had 18 points and seven rebounds in the win, was the catalyst for the run. Small Forward Draymond Green grabbed 12 of his team’s 43 rebounds and added 13 points; shooting forward Harrison Barnes (14 pts) and shooting guard Klay Thompson (15 pts) were also in double digits.
"It really stretches people out," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his lineup full of shooters. "Houston does the same thing. It was an interesting chess match, because they like to go small and we like to go small."
Steph Curry becomes 5th player to reach 30 Pts, 5 Ast 5 Reb & hit 5 threes in last 30 seasons' Conference finals. pic.twitter.com/ob5KcjUT6j
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 20, 2015
MVP runner-up, the BEARD aka PG James Harden was the star for the Rockets as he is most nights with 28 points. Harden shot 11 of 20 from the field but just was gun shy from beyond the 3-point arc going 1 of 3. Houston won the rebound battle for the fourth consecutive game. Shooting guard Trevor Ariza added 20 points and shooting forward Josh Smith had 17 but center Dwight Howard was a dud with just seven points after opening the game aggressively. Howard shot 3 of 7 from the field in 26 minutes of action as he dealt with a knee injury during the game.
"Hopefully Dwight is healthy, and we can play big," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "We didn’t have that option with Dwight out."
The Rockets are 0-5 against the Warriors this season and haven’t won at Golden State since Dec. 13, 2013. Houston is 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games following a SU loss, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 46-20-3 ATS in their last 69 Thursday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, and 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 day rest.
Golden State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games, and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU win.