The Game: Golden State Warriors (58-24, 29-12 away) at Houston Rockets (65-17, 34-7 home) When: Wednesday, May 16th, 9pm ET (6pm Pacific) Where: Toyota Center, Houston (TX) Watch It: TNT ~ ESPN GameCast What's at Stake: The Rockets look to even the series tonight after they lost Game #1 at home to the Warriors by a score of 119-106 NBA.com Recap of Game #1 & Preview of Game #2: On how the Ws won Game #1 - During the regular season, Houston ranked dead last in the NBA with an average of 253.8 passes/game, due in large part to the fact that they possess some of the best isolation players in the game. In Game 1 on Monday, the Rockets passed the ball a total of 226 times, compared to 283 passes for the Warriors. Making matters worse for Houston was the fact that in addition to having success moving the ball around, the Warriors could also rely on their own isolation master when things bogged down. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with a team-high 37 points Monday night, and 27 of those points came in isolation sets - where Durant shot 10-of-13 from the field, drew three fouls and committed just one turnover. That said, the effects of ball movement on shot quality were readily apparent in Game #1. Outside of James Harden, Clint Capela was the only Rocket to make at least half of his field goal attempts. On How Houston Can Win - When push came to shove in Game 1, the Ws’ best players proved to be the difference in the game. Durant and Harden largely cancelled out each other’s offensive outputs, but Thompson and Curry provided the Ws with the fire power that Chris Paul and Clint Capela failed to give the Rockets...It's no surprise that the Warriors would lean heavily on that trio, but the fact that they were able to be (both) efficient and productive in that situation is not a good sign for Houston. If the Rockets are going to even the series up at one game apiece, they’ll likely need to get more production from their own headliners, while doing a better job limiting the effectiveness of Golden State’s. Read more here. ESPN Preview: Rockets Look to Even Series against Warriors HOUSTON -- It required two minutes and 23 seconds for all the Rockets had worked for to be torn asunder, for their unrelenting charge to the best record in the Western Conference to be rendered moot, and the home-court advantage that accompanied that accomplishment to be blithely negated through the handiwork of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. It took that long for Golden State to churn out a 12-2 run in the third quarter that yielded a double-digit lead and a stranglehold on Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night at Toyota Center. The Rockets had labored down the stretch of the regular season to bypass the Warriors in the standings and guarantee that this anticipated series would open in Houston. In one two-plus-minute flash, the Warriors snuffed the Rockets and left them reeling.... Read more here. When the Ws Hit the Turbo Button By the time opponents know what's hit them, it's already too late. This is how the Warriors crush -- and how the NBA fails to fight back. by Baxter Holmes 05/11/18 Cotton-thick snow flutters from an endless white ceiling, choking downtown Cleveland on this mid-January night. On steeper terrain, snow can turn sinister, transforming into a screaming wall of white that buries anything in its path. The NBA's most destructive force acts in similar fashion. Inside Quicken Loans Arena, it has lain dormant for three quarters, and now in the fourth, with the score tied at 93, it arrives slowly, subtly, like a snowflake falling from the sky.... Read more here. ...but are Kevin Durant & the Warriors unstoppable? We'll soon find out!