Warriors' Andre Iguodala to miss Game 5 against Rockets, Klay Thompson OK

The Warriors Are Used to Blowouts, So Naturally they Blew Game 4 to the Rockets, 95-92

Houston did it again in a 98-94 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night at the Toyota Center, where the combination of the Rockets' switching scheme and the sheer force of will took the Warriors' identity crisis on the offensive end to yet another level.

With the series with the Houston Rockets tied at 2-2, the Warriors could find it even more hard to survive the conference finals following a depressing report by ESPN's Marc J. Spears with regards to the availabilities for Game 5 of Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson. A bruised left knee kept Andre Iguodala out for the second straight game, and Kevon Looney started in his place.

After losing Game 1 at home, not many gave the Houston Rockets a chance to win this series.

However, this is a Houston team explicitly built with beating these Warriors in mind, a Rockets team that won 65 games this season and forced Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals.

Thompson strained his left knee in Game 4 on Tuesday when he tumbled to the floor on a drive to the basket in the second quarter. But coach Steve Kerr says that Thompson will play. "We just feel like we play defense, (lock) down and make it tough for them". The Rockets were 11-of-22 from three in the first half of Game 6 and up 10, they need to repeat both that volume and almost that percentage. "Game Four, we weren't making shots, but defensively we were really good - same thing tonight". I don't know how many times everybody's got to see it in the league, he's one of the best players to play the game. Minus Uncle Drew, the Celtics are extra-reliant on youngsters and guys who would normally be role players-two player types that don't typically travel well. We got plenty of guys over there that will have some fresh legs.

The Warriors might want to sharpen up their late-game execution.

Each team wound up with as many turnovers as assists. If he's out, the Rockets will have to rely on James Harden, who has struggled to find his shot in this series. But if the video and D'Antoni's comments tell us anything, he'll be hard-pressed to play in Game 6 Saturday night in Oakland.

Ball security has been equally important in the series as the team with the fewest turnovers has won each game. I hate to see Kevin Love last night, Kyrie (Irving). In the first three games of the series, Iguodala held his matchups to 28 points on 10-26 (38.5%) shooting, including 2-14 (14.3) from beyond the arc over 167 defensive possessions.

Warriors star Draymond Green said uncertainty over Paul's status wouldn't change Golden State's preparation for their must-win game six. "They're just playing to their fan base and they're basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people".

The Warriors opened the third with an 11-0 burst to go ahead 62-61 on Curry's 3 at 9:17, also getting a pair of 3s from Thompson and a dunk by Durant.

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