The Houston Rockets will try to keep on rolling on Monday, May 6 when they take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference seminfinal series. Tip off time is 9:30 p.m. EST from Toyota Center.
Rockets Soared in Game 3
Houston, we have a series. The Rockets toppled the Warriors on Saturday night in a thrilling 126-121 overtime victory. James Harden led the way with 41 points and hit a killer step back three with 49 seconds remaining in OT to ice the win. Houston now has a chance to tie up the series tonight before heading back to Oakland.
Game 4: Monday (5/6), 9:30pm/et, TNT pic.twitter.com/Y4RCS1HANd
— NBA (@NBA) May 5, 2019
Tucker Was Houston’s Unsung Hero
Harden may have supplied Houston’s scoring punch, but it was PJ Tucker who set the tone defensively with his aggressive ball hounding and relentless work on the boards. The undersized 6’6″ forward led all players with 12 rebounds and limited Kevin Durant to just one field goal during the extra period.
Draymond Green on PJ Tucker:”He came up w/ every loose ball.He came up w/ offensive rebounds,a couple key baskets..He did will them to a win.U gotta give him credit.That’s who PJ’s been his whole life.Going from a guy who was playing overseas to carving out the NBA career he has” pic.twitter.com/k3xIRD65IK
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 5, 2019
Chris Paul was effusive in his praise for his hard working teammate after the game. “We say it all the time, Tuck doesn’t do any of the glamorous stuff,” Paul said. “All the stuff he does doesn’t show up on the stat sheet… but it’s always nice for other people to see it and appreciate it.”
Curry Has Gone Ice Cold
Steph Curry shot just 7-23 from the floor and 2-9 from beyond the arc in Saturday’s Game 3 loss. The two-time MVP has now hit just 33.3% of his field goals attempts and 23.8% of his three-point field goal attempts since dislocating the middle finger on his left hand.
— Stadium (@Stadium) May 6, 2019
It would be easy to blame his wonky digit on his sudden lapse in accuracy, but Curry has remained steadfast that he’s game-ready. “If I’m out there playing, I gotta produce,” he told The Athletic. “And it just didn’t happen.”
Boogie Could Be Coming Back
It likely won’t happen in this series, but Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has suggested that DeMarcus Cousins could be back on the court soon after tearing his left quad in the first-round against the Clippers. The four-time All-Star is progressing well in his rehab and has been cleared to participate in spot-up shooting drills.
— Mindi Bach (@MindiABC7) May 4, 2019
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 Again
Oddsmakers have us excited for this one, as they’ve set the game total at a robust 221, with the Rockets opening as narrow 2.0-point favorites. Golden State is 39-51-1 against the spread this year and 44-47-0 over/under, compared to 45-42-3 ATS and 44-46-0 over/under for Houston.