Warriors defeat Rockets, 105-78; Quotes of the Night

April 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks to the scorer
April 16, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks to the scorer /

The Warriors took Game 1 against the Houston Rockets, but may have simultaneously sustained a significant loss.

The long and arduous journey that is the regular season is over. Many records were broken and awards were won. But all of that is meaningless without a title. The road to the championship started yesterday as they played and defeated the Houston Rockets 104-78 in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs.

This is a rematch of last years’s Western Conference Finals that saw the MVP and the runner-up go head to head. The Warriors won in five after defeating the Rockets four times over the regular season as well. Prior to this season, this was a budding rivalry between two times trying to cross the threshold from good to great.

When these two teams get together, it’s going to be physical. Patrick Beverly, known pest, was trying hard to get under Stephen Curry‘s skin. Early in the first, Beverly, who sent Russell Westbrook to season-ending surgery a few years ago, was guarding Curry very closely, fouling him repeatedly. Their arms got tangled and Curry took exception to it, giving him a little shove back.

Head coach Steve Kerr also had some thoughts on Curry’s response.

To many, Curry’s response was seemingly uncharacteristic. The narrative that follows the MVP is that he’s just a finesse player. But this couldn’t be any further from the truth–Curry is a fiery competitor that will get into someone if he has to.

While the Warriors dominated and cruised to an easy victory, the win became an afterthought after Curry tweaked his ankle. He’s had ankle problems before so the Warriors want to be especially careful here and not force anything if they don’t have to.

The MVP felt like he was good to go and tried to get himself back into the game.

If Curry is the kid in timeout, then Kerr is the tough, unwavering father who will get his way.

Curry is listed as questionable for Game 2. The Warriors want to play this one safe, obviously.

While this is a team with All-Stars and fantastic players, the Warriors will only go as far as Curry will take them. Everyone knows that. He’s the best player in the world. Draymond Green talked about it after the game.

Curry and the Warriors have a day to rest up and get their bodies right. If I was a betting man, I’d say that Curry plays Game 2 even if it’s just in a limited capacity. He’s too much of a competitor to be held out. He’s smart enough to know just how much he can push himself.