Stephen Curry was held to 18 points and found it tough to contain James Harden in the Golden State Warriors' 119-106 game one victory over the Houston Rockets.
However, Curry – who only returned from six weeks out with a knee injury in game two of the second round - expected the Rockets to target him.
The 30-year-old knows the Western Conference finals series will see stars on both sides seize the momentum at different moments.
"If that's the game plan they want to stick with, my job is just to make it as tough as possible," Curry said, via ESPN.
"You've got two great scorers over there in [Chris Paul] and James. You know how they get shots off in isolation-type situations, and they're tough to stop.
"So I'm going to get scored on; they're going to get scored on. There's going to be a lot of back-and-forth.
"But as long as we - I should say as long as I - am in the right spot at the right time and defend and just try to make it as tough as possible, I can be all right with that and just have that competitiveness that we need."
Not only did the Rockets continually isolate Curry, but Harden scored 41 points while the two-time NBA champion was defending him. However, he was not able to set up any of his team-mates for 3-pointers and only had seven assists on the night.
"We're all in this together," Harden said. "It doesn't matter who has a bad game, who's missing shots, whether it's myself or Chris or anybody.
"Keep going. Keep shooting your shot and keep being aggressive. We've got this far doing that and having that mindset, so we're just going to continue with it."
23 de mayo 2018
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|Mets sign Bautista, start him same day|
|Warriors´ Iguodala ruled out for game four|
|Guzman called up as Romero replacement for Argentina|
|Gaya signs new five-year Valencia contract|
|Celta appoint Antonio Mohamed as new coach|
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22 de mayo 2018
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|Thiem comfortable in victory as rain delays Wawrinka|
|Schmelzer gives up Borussia Dortmund captaincy|
|Top seed Stephens struggling at Nuremberg Cup|
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|France rest Guirado, recall Thomas for New Zealand tour|
|Warriors´ Iguodala upgraded to questionable for game four|
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|AC Milan referred over alleged FFP breaches|
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|Horoya 2 Mamelodi Sundowns 2: Camara header denies visitors´ comeback|
|Du Plessis rescue mission takes Super Kings to IPL final|
|Seedorf to leave relegated Deportivo|
|Wenger turned down Real Madrid ´two or three times´|
|Kane dreams of lifting World Cup trophy as England captain|
|UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool & Roma|
|Yates stays on course for Giro title, Dennis wins time trial|
|Brighton sign Nigeria international Balogun|
|Ronaldo again pips LeBron and Messi as sport´s most famous star|
|Marcelo fears backlash if Madrid lose Champions League final|
|Messi joins Argentina´s World Cup training camp|
|FIFA finds no doping cases in Russia´s World Cup squad|
|Liverpool´s strikeforce reminds Ronaldo of Real Madrid|
|Hysaj staying at Napoli ´regardless of Sarri´s future´|
|Amir fully fit for Lord´s Test|
|A fast start to life - The Golden Knights and the expansion teams who excelled early|
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|Ramos: We´re a vintage Real Madrid team|
|Klopp key to controlling Liverpool emotions, says Alonso|
|Bjorn names Westwood, Harrington, Donald and McDowell as Europe vice-captains|
|Scarlets players left wounded by ´shocking´ Scotstoun pitch|
|Arsenal fined £20,000 for Leicester penalty protest|
|Storm offer Bellamy ´significant´ deal amid reported Broncos interest|
|Rashford writes moving tribute on anniversary of Manchester Arena attack|
|Heaton backs Kane´s captaincy credentials|
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|Wasps flanker Willis out for up to a year|
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|Pellegrini targets Europe with West Ham|
|Lopetegui extends Spain contract|
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