Did the Golden State Warriors plan too far ahead?


VIDEO: Rockets win Game 4

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Heading into the weekend, both the Eastern and Western Conference final series seemed pretty cut-and-dried: The Warriors had a 3-0 lead over Houston, and the Cavs had a 3-0 lead over the Hawks. So it’s perhaps understandable if the Warriors and Cavs were looking ahead a bit, or planning for what might happen if either team clinched the series and advanced to the NBA Finals.

The only problem there is, the Warriors put their future plans down in writing. And the plans got back to the Rockets.

According to ESPN.com, following the Rockets’ 128-115 Game 4 win over the Warriors, the Rockets returned to their locker room to find a copy of the Warriors plans in case they swept the series. As Calvin Watkins writes

The memo read in part: “The Golden State Warriors will return to Oakland tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) following their 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.”

The memo wasn’t distributed to the media, but its legitimacy was confirmed by Raymond Ridder, the Warriors’ vice president for communication.

The Warriors now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, with Game 5 coming Wednesday in Oakland.

Several players, including Corey Brewer, smiled and shook their heads upon reading the memo.

“They’re confident in their team,” said Josh Smith, who scored 20 points Monday night. “It’s not added motivation; we just got to go out there and play. I don’t really feed into the whole mentally get your rah-rah hype. I just want to go out and play my game.”

34 Comments

  1. coach T says:

    GSW played like they have advanced already. They’ll finish the seines at home. 4-1 GSW.

  2. hDawwg says:

    well you look at how close the first two games in Golden State were… i say we got ourselves a ball game of vengeance from Clutch City!

  3. GRENADIAN LIONKING HEAVY DEE says:

    AS TWO OF THE NBA’S BEST TEAMS THIS YEAR, BOTH NEED TO RESPECT EACH OTHERS STRENGTH AND TAKE IT ONE GAME AT A TIME. PREDICTING YOU WIN CAN TOTALLY PUT YOU OFF YOUR APPROACH AND GAME PLAN. THATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VETRAN PLAYERS AND THOSE WHO HAVE NOT WON IT ALL. THAT STATEMENT CAN COME BACK TO HAUNT GSW. A GREAT SERISE TO WATCH BOTH ARE GOOD TEAMS. ANYONE CAN WIN ON ANY NIGHT, MOST OF THE GAMES ARE CLOSE AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT HARDEN CAN DO. BOTH WILL MAKE IT HARD ON LBJAMES AND THE CAVS. NOT THE JORDAN ERA BUT WE ARE WITNESSING SOME GREAT NBA COMPETITION

  4. almostabner says:

    Total b.s. A maneuver by Houston to get the team fired up. They were in Houston…so someone from Rocket’s camp went into visitors locker room and and made a copy of their itinerary and left it in the Rocket’s locker room? No.

  5. NorCal Warrior says:

    They didn’t try to lose of course. That would be silly but as a Warriors fan I can’t help but feel that because they played so loosely guarding the 3-point line, that they they wanted to win at home. Smart, no, not so much but part of human nature. After winning the prior series away from Roarcle and Dub Nation they want to celebrate their 1st trip to the finals in 40 years at home with their home crowd. It’s not the same riding back in a bus

  6. None Of The Above says:

    For the Warriors it’s a case of “play the game not the score.” This adage is appropriate for a series as well as individual games.

  7. haywood jablome says:

    let it be known that i will watch this game 5.

  8. en. says:

    Here we go I feel the rockets heart quiet but ready to beat off anyone,…..even if they beat my rockets they go against the king next round good luck to all

  9. Kevin says:

    Please NBA, start calling all these illegal screens by the warriors (BOGUT), this is starting to be ridiculous.

  10. birdie says:

    And there, in a nutshell, is why I hate the Warriors. So much sense of entitlement solo many years too soon.

  11. hahahah says:

    There are always press releases for all situations, newsletters draft up reports of both candidates winning, releasing only the one who won. It’s called efficiency, the rockets probably do the same too.

  12. juancho says:

    hello houston rockets fans see u in game 5,,,,, warriors will finish it see u cleveland in finals,,, go my idol mvp,,,,,,,,,,,,

  13. King James says:

    LeBron is going to smash little Stephanie Curry. Warriors going down!

  14. i have no idea how this story is featured on nba.com
    Lang? more like Wang. this dude is a total dong. maybe if the series was 3-3 i could see this article being up.
    but its 3-1.
    get real.

  15. Ahdsdad says:

    I don’t know if the Warriors were looking ahead. This series could easily have been 2-2 or possibly 3-1 in the Rockets favor had they played better down the stretch of the first 2 games. They better show up with some kind of defensive plan to get a hand in Curry’s and Thompson’s face, REBOUND and keep the turnovers down if they want to win.

  16. George says:

    If Warriors lose Game 5 then this series completely shifts to the Rockets favour. Game 6 back on Homecourt then a game 7 with 3 mins behind their back.

    I’m not a fan of houston, but they can certainly be streaky so they could pull this one off. Look at what they did to the clippers.

  17. Tramonius Guggenheim says:

    The answer is no.

  18. D.ISR says:

    Warriors played bad without Curry. If he will not recover for this and next serie (if there will be against CAVS) they will lose.

  19. Nathan says:

    I am pretty sure Houston probably had a plan in place as well should they have lost, its not really controversial and for Raymond Ridder to confirm it really shows how irrelevant this little bit of info was. What were they going to do, stay in Houston after they won or lost???

  20. John Ranoco says:

    Cavs is waiting let’s find out when they face the cav’s…

  21. Haha says:

    Unfortunately for GSW, the Cavs will win the series 4-1.

  22. David Williams says:

    Who cares what was found in the locker room. Here’s a story, Dwight Howard has another melt down.

  23. Rob says:

    Mark Jackson did a woderful job . Im glad his team will advance.

  24. caspi says:

    Hi Guys,
    has anybody thought why West teams are level better than East ?
    I am watching NBA for 20 years and I see last year the difference between best of west vs east is ridiculous.

    8 to 10 great west teams are fighting for one place in finals, whil in the east you see just Cleveland & Atlanta maybe Chicago.
    Rest teams are under average ..
    Why the hell NBA management won`t change the teams in both conferences ? It will be much more interesting to see finals between best 2 teams in reality and maybe both from WEST ..

    I can hear some voices against it ,but the true is West teams are way better then East .

  25. DJL says:

    Does anyone out there really think, for a moment, that Houston is the better team? Has there been any point in this series where you felt the Warriors were at risk of losing this series? Take all this non-sense and put it aside. The superior team will come out on top. The Warriors are NOT the Clippers!!

  26. Charles says:

    Don’t all teams create two versions of these memos? One preparing for a loss and another for a win. The schedule during the playoffs are not defined weeks/months like the regular season.