The Golden State Warriors shrugged off the absence of Stephen Curry to cruise past the Houston Rockets 115-106 and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series on Monday.Curry was ruled out shortly before tip-off after failing a pre-game fitness test at the Oracle Arena.However, any hope Houston had of exploiting Curry's absence was ruthlessly snuffed out by the Warriors,Cheap Jordan with Klay Thompson stepping up to weigh in with 34 points.The emphatic win followed Golden State's 104-78 drubbing of the Rockets in game one.Houston must now win one of the two upcoming home games on Thursday or Sunday to keep the series alive.Curry, struggling with a sore ankle after game one, waved and rallied the crowd from courtside after being ruled out.The Warriors barely needed any encouragement, however, as they maintained their dominance from Saturday's opener.Thompson added five assists to go with his points haul while Andre Iguodala chipped in with 18 points. Draymond Green finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.James Harden was the main attacking conduit for Houston, finishing with 28 points and 11 assists to top the Rockets scoring.
On Monday morning, the NBA announced that Draymond Green finished runner-up to Kawhi Leonard for Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.Leonard received 84 first-place votes (5 points), 41 second-place votes (3 points), and four third-place votes (1 point) for a total of 547 points.Draymond received 44 first-place votes, 62 second-place votes, and 15 third-place votes for a total of 421 points.Klay Thompson sat at the podium and picked apart his game. Talked about his “bad” shots. Said he was satisfied, overall, but still found shortcomings that must be addressed.“There are still things I can improve on,” the shooting guard said.Thompson’s game was imperfect, by his own admission, yet there was one element that was practically flawless. He brought energy. He started moving at the opening tip and didn’t stop until he rang up a game-high 34 points as the Warriors knocked off Houston 115-106 Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.His coach, Steve Kerr, was pleased. So were his teammates, including pregame adviser Anderson Varejao.
This year’s return of the Air Jordan 12 is about to begin. One of the most celebrated Air Jordans of all is back in a big way in 2016, and it all kicks off with the impressive “The Master” colorway this weekend. Drawing inspiration from an iconic poster from the shoe’s original ad campaign in 1997,Air jordan 12 Black Golden the shoe features an all-black leather upper with grey accents and metallic gold detailing. With a look that should be easily accepted as one of the best non-OG Air Jordan 12 colorways ever,The Air Jordan 12 “The Master” from the “Poster” Collection is scheduled to release on February 27, 2016. This Air Jordan 12 is constructed of a premium black leather all throughout the upper with gold detailing on the upper lace eyelets and white and grey accents on the branding throughout. This Air Jordan 12 is said to be inspired by the iconic “The Master” poster that released back in the late 90’s.