Familiarity breeds contempt.
Tonight is the 15th game in a calendar year between the Rockets and Warriors.
It’s a series that has been intense and physical so far — one look at James Harden‘s left eye makes that obvious — but that ratcheted up a notch in Game 5 on Monday.
Early in the game, there was Kevin Durant blocking James Harden at the rim and catching him on the head with an elbow, which put Harden to the ground and had Durant grabbing his elbow.
Later, Durant did this with his elbow.
It’s been physical both ways.
Then in the third, there was Harden catching Draymond Green in the head with an elbow, which sent Green to the ground.
This is what the playoffs should feel like.