Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the first half against the Houston Rockets of Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 16, in Houston, Texas.
So when Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni opted to call his team's Game 3 performance "soft" after a 126-85 loss that was the worst in the franchise's playoff history, it should have come as no surprise. The third quarter was Houston's highest-scoring frame of the game, yet it was no match for the onslaught they had to face.
The Warriors have lost three games in their three series this postseason, and have rebounded to win the next contest by a combined 65 points.
"But I wouldn't be surprised that it was because the way he was getting beaten up about his three-point shooting or his 'not being able to defend, ' that when he responded to all that on the court, that it probably just came out".
Those twin occurrences set the tone for Rockets rejuvenation that was repeated many more times the rest of the way and saw Houston exacting a 127-105 revenge that levelled the two the best-of-seven series going into Game 3 Friday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. "We've had our one, now it's time to lock in for the remainder of the series".
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He was 7 for 7 in the third quarter, torching defenders with an array of moves and long-distance shots.
"To me, Golden State has all the pressure", D'Antoni said Monday, per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. Usually, the defensive plug for the Rockets, Tucker went unconscious from three-point range.
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"We've already graded [the Warriors] a victor", Golden Nugget sportsbook manager Aaron Kessler said before the start of the Western Conference Finals.
"I've seen those explosions happen everywhere, not just here", Green said. "I don't mean to disappoint, but I've seen crazier from him, but it was good to see".
"It's just one thing led to another", D'Antoni said, per ESPN. The Warriors would convert those turnovers in 28 points. In the playoffs, Durant alone is scoring 1.45 points per possession in transition, with Thompson (1.26, 81st percentile) and Curry (1.13, 56th percentile) each unsafe in their own right. "But we have to control what we can control, and make sure we're aggressive".
"A lot of it was just talking to myself, nearly like you've got to be your biggest fan sometimes". His ability to take advantage of smaller defenders on him and shoot over them has truly made him unguardable. We had 19 turnovers.
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