Published: Mon, May 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Mike D'Antoni says Rockets played 'soft' in Game 3 blowout loss

Mike D'Antoni says Rockets played 'soft' in Game 3 blowout loss

It's getting fierce between the Warriors and Rockets - with the jostling for position, the well-placed jabs, the intensity, the strong-arming and the swagger.

Yes, away from the game, these two are now talking a good game.

"We played soft, actually", D'Antoni said afterward.

Curry spoke to reporters during practice before Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night at Oracle Arena.

Going into Game 3, I wondered how things would look if both the Warriors and Rockets brought their best performances to the table - knowing full well basketball has many zero-sum qualities. I think I saw Houston's best in Game 2. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to score 24 points on 30 field-goal attempts.

"She's right. I've got to do better. And we feel threatened". Ten of Golden State's 15 home postseason wins have come by double digits, and they have outscored their opponents by an average of 15.5 points per game. Anything goes, anything's possible. They ran into a freight train as the Warriors demolished them 126-85. The two most glaring ones, Curry's shooting and defense, are tried and true. One note: Durant compounded the problem by catching Ariza on the arm as he went up for the ensuing shot for his first foul. And the next time the Warriors' defense goes a long stretch with constant breakdowns in games of importance will be the first in this era. The Warriors looked like a team destined for a third straight Finals appearance Sunday.

It was also a classic showing from the Warriors, whose third-quarter margin in the playoffs is up to 77-points through 13 games. If they win three in a row, that'd be fantastic.

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"It's time to lock in for the remainder of the series", said Green.

Leave that to the talented dancers of the Golden State Warriors.

When the dust settled, Sunday's Game 3 surpassed the 2017 loss to the Spurs as the worst defeat of Harden's career by point differential.

The Houston Rockets didn't do anything well in Game 3 last night, and the scoreboard reflected as much. One can predict a high scoring affair from both teams in the next game. "We need to do a better job of staying up mentally". To be honest, we don't know what's wrong with Paul.

It's all intertwined, the offensive link between Curry, Thompson and Durant.

"I don't see Kevin Durant as being a part of that dynasty". That's what I said. We didn't switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. "Obviously thankful to hit some shots tonight, eventually".

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