The Houston Rockets will try to dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole on on Saturday, May 4 when they take on the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center. Tip off time for this Western Conference semifinal showdown is 8:30 p.m. EST.
Houston, You Have a Problem
The Rockets blamed the referees for their loss in Game 1, but in Game 2 they could only blame themselves. Houston turned the ball over 18 times and were out-rebounded, outscored, and outplayed in their 115-109 defeat on Tuesday night. Kevin Durant led the charge for the Warriors with 29 points, five rebounds, and four assists in a game-high 44 minutes. The four-time scoring champ is now averaging 34.3 points per game in the postseason.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 2, 2019
The Rockets have their work cut out for them as only 20 teams in NBA history have ever won a seven-game series after losing the first two games. Mike D’Antoni knows the math, but believes Houston can still triumph by imposing its will:
— Matt Musil (@KHOUSportsMatt) May 3, 2019
A Sight for Sore Eyes
James Harden suffered contusions in both eyes after being inadvertently hit in the face by Draymond Green early in Game 2. The reigning MVP still logged 34 minutes, but endured blurry vision for the remainder of the game and was clearly in discomfort.
James Harden has left the game after getting hit in the eye by Draymond Green.
As he was leaving the court both Green and Kevin Durant went over to check in on him. pic.twitter.com/yxBQDe5s4j
— Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) May 1, 2019
He has since undergone consultations with eye specialists and has vowed that he’ll be ready to answer the bell on Saturday night. “If I played barely seeing last game, what makes you think I’m going to sit out Game 3?” Harden has told reporters.
Steph Curry Deserves a Hand
Harden wasn’t the only superstar who suffered an injury in Game 2. Two-time MVP Steph Curry also briefly left the game after dislocating the middle finger on his left hand. He practiced with the Warriors on Thursday and, according to fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, had no problem finding the bottom of the basket.
Last night, Steph Curry dislocated his finger BUT returned minuets later 🙁… He then hit a couple threes, BLOCKED a 7 footer, DUNKED, and hit a Circus half court shot too! 😂🔥 (he made that half court shot with one hand…)#stephencurry #stephcurry #stephen #curry #gsw pic.twitter.com/8H5AJInj2Y
— StepCurry30P (@Stepcurry30P) May 2, 2019
“It’s not that fun,” Thompson said. “But I know Steph. He’ll get it back. It’s not the end of the world. It’s not torn ligaments or anything. So he’ll toughen it out.”
Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors Regular Season Statistical Comparison
|114.8 (2nd)||Offensive Rating||114.9 (1st)|
|113.9 (11th)||Points||117.7 (2nd)|
|21.2 (28th)||Assists||29.4 (1st)|
|44.9 (24th)||Field-Goal Percentage||49.1 (1st)|
|35.6 (10th)||Three-Point Percentage||38.5 (3rd)|
|+4.8 (5th)||Plus/Minus||+6.5 (2nd)|
|110.1 (18th)||Defensive Rating||108.5 (11th)|
|109.1 (10th)||Points||111.2 (16th)|
|46.6 (19th)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.4 (3rd)|
|34.0 (2nd)||Three-Point Percentage||34.7 (11th)|
|51.8 (28th)||Points In The Paint||47.1 (7th)|
Rockets Favored to Win at Home
Oddsmakers are clearly expecting a lot of points, as they’ve set the game total at a robust 220, with the Rockets opening as 4.0-point favorites. Golden State is 39-50-1 against the spread this year and 43-47-0 over/under, compared to 44-42-3 ATS and 43-46-0 over/under for Houston.