Al Hartman On the Warriors Record-breaking Game
Al Hartman: How the Warriors Are Making History
The haters continue to hate. Al Hartman never doubted the greatest Warrior of all time. Despite calls to bench Steph Curry after two cold quarters in Game 3 against the Rockets, true fans were rewarded for their faith. Steph Curry had 35 points, shooting 13-23 or 56.5% from the field. He outscored Chris Paul and James Harden who only had a combined 33 points, shooting 12-32 from the field or 37.5%. The Beard and CP3 were not their usual selves, as the Rockets were smacked 85-126 by the Warriors.
Al Hartman believes this game is one for the books, especially since this is the biggest playoff win so far in the Warriors’ franchise history. For the Rockets, it’s also historic, only in the opposite sense — it’s their worst playoff loss in franchise history.
Here are some amazing stats gathered by Al Hartman from Warriors PR:
#1: The Warriors earned an NBA-record 16th consecutive playoff home win, passing the mark of 15-straight set by the Chicago Bulls from April 27, 1990 to May 21, 1991.
#2: Golden State’s 41-point win (126-85) is the team’s largest margin of victory ever in the postseason, passing the mark of 39 set by the Philadelphia Warriors in an 85-46 win over the St. Louis Bombers on April 6, 1948.
#3: With eight first-half points, Klay Thompson has moved into second place on the Warriors’ all-time postseason scoring list with 1,781 career playoff points, passing Rick Barry (1,776). He trails only Stephen Curry on that list.
What the Warriors Did Right Against the Rockets
Al Hartman admits that Dubs fans have become a little spoiled. This is why some fans clamored to have Steph benched early in the game. Over the years, Steph sinking 3-point shots one after the other has become the new normal. At some point in Game 3, the Warriors were down by two points and rallied 11 points to nine points up. But what really made the difference was the Warriors’ defense. Draymond Green may be the best defensive player both in the team and in the league, but teammates Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala effectively held their own. Al Hartman shares that Green had 17 rebounds, 15 of which were defensive rebounds — it sends a strong message to other teams that the Warriors are ready to fight tooth and nail for every possession.
Another deciding factor in Game 3 was Shaun Livingston who put up nine points in 16 minutes. In any other game where, say, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are sitting out, Livingston doesn’t do a bad job of holding the line. Yet in the last game, he does more than just survive, thriving and outscoring the Rockets by 10 points. Al Hartman believes all of Livingston’s nine points were important shots that sustained the Warriors’ momentum.
Does Game 3 seal the deal for the Conference Finals? Al Hartman believes your guess is as good as his. With The Chef in full control, there should never be any doubt where the Warriors are headed — the NBA Finals.