Murray: Warriors Didn't Deserve To Win Game 4

Golden State didn't play hard enough to beat Houston, Tracy Murray says, so the "basketball gods" didn't allow it

Zach Gelb
May 07, 2019 - 11:22 am
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Despite trailing by double figures in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against Houston, the Golden State Warriors had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds and force overtime. 

Instead, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry both missed three-pointers on the Warriors’ final possession.

“There’s a thing called basketball gods out there,” former NBA player Tracy Murray said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I don’t think Golden State played hard enough the whole game for them to win the game. They were giving up offensive rebounds left and right to (P.J.) Tucker and Chris Paul off of long three-point misses, and 50-50 balls are very important in the playoffs. You have to secure those and get fast breaks and get easy buckets if you can. If you’re not going to outplay them or outwork the team that you’re playing against, nine times out of 10, you’re going to lose that game.”

Curry has been dreadful – at least by his standards – in this series. He’s averaging 21.3 points per game but has shot just 12-of-46 (26.1 percent) from three.

Why has Curry gone cold from distance?

“The Rockets are making the Warriors play defense,” said Murray, who won an NBA title with Houston in 1995. “When you have long seasons – this is the third or fourth long season going deep into the playoffs – those legs are not as young as they used to be. Houston is attacking Golden State off the dribble, causing people to help. Now you’re getting wide-open threes for (Eric) Gordon. (James) Harden is hitting the toughest threes I’ve ever seen anybody hit. Then you get P.J. Tucker knocking down corner threes and Austin Rivers coming off the bench giving you threes. 

“When Houston is making Golden State guard them, you’re not going to be so much worried about your offense,” Murray continued. “You’re going to be worried about stopping them. I think that’s the problem right now with Golden State. When they start guarding Houston – and get their offense going – that’s when you’ll see them on the winner’s side. . . . But if they can’t guard, they’re going to be in trouble.”

Games 5 and 6 are Wednesday and Friday, respectively. Game 7, if necessary, is Sunday.

“I think it’s going to go seven,” Murray said. “Warriors in seven.”

Click below to listen to Murray’s interview in its entirety.