The Golden State Warriors are just fine, it seems.
In what was pretty much the opposite of Wednesday night’s Game 2, this time it was the Warriors that would run away with Game 3. But this wasn’t just any blowout. By the game’s final buzzer, the score read 126-85. Yeesh.
Not only that, but Stephen Curry is back. After shooting just 2-of-13 from deep over the first two games, he would bury 5-of-12 from long range. Additionally, Curry would drop 35 points — including 18 in the third quarter — on 13-of-23 shooting overall. Every Warriors starter would finish with a plus/minus of at least +21. In other words, this is what domination looks like. Kevin Durant added 25 points while Draymond Green finished with 10 points, 17 rebounds and six assists. These are the Warriors we know.
Meanwhile, the Rockets need to find answers quickly. Game 4 tips off Tuesday night in Oakland, and they need to win it. If they want any chance to take this series, they have to get things back to 2-2 before heading back to Houston. Sunday night, though, nothing went right for the Rockets. James Harden finished with a team-high 20 points on just 7-of-16 shooting. No other Rocket would top 13 points. Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker combined for just 17 points on Sunday; Tucker scored 22 points by himself in Game 2.
After winning Game 1 by 13 points, the Warriors dropped Game 2 by 22 points. But then they came roaring back with a 41-point decimation on Sunday. What could that mean for Game 4? We can only imagine…
And while this is only one game for the Rockets, this is more than just a punch in the mouth. This is embarrassing.