Curry says mom scolded him for Game 3 obscenity

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.

After a Game 1 in which Houston seemed out of sorts at times on offense and had few answers for the Warriors on the defensive end, the script flipped in Game 2 and suddenly the Rockets looked like the team many felt could topple the champs this season. The top two seeds in the Western Conference will play Game 3 on Sunday night after splitting the first two contests. 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 Pelicans blew out the Warriors in Game 3 at New Orleans before losing the next two games by a combined 35 points. "They have to come in here and win tomorrow night". Harden, one of the greatest offensive weapons the National Basketball Association has ever seen, went out with a whimper rather than with guns blazing.

She was plenty happy to see him hit seven straight shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, in a third-quarter flurry that broke open a competitive game, but told her son to wash his mouth out with soap anyway.

Golden State now possesses the No. 28 overall pick in the 2018 draft, but does not own a second-round pick.

"The Warriors at Oracle are a different story for sure", Stephen Curry said.

The West finals now hinge on whether the Rockets, blasted by D'Antoni for their "soft" play, have the requisite composure to prevent Curry's game-changing run from becoming a series-tilting sequence. They forced Houston into 20 (which turned into 28 points) and finished with 11 steals to the Rockets' three.

"Offensively, we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it", said Harden.

"I think we're at our best when we feel threatened", Green said Saturday. "Coach is right. We've got to be better". You know what drives me insane? I mean obviously it felt good and you want to use that energy to show your team-mates that you're here, you're with them, get the crowd into it. "We weren't as aggressive as we needed to be". "That's it. When we defend at that level and take care of the ball, we're usually in pretty good shape". "But, you know, you just can't allow it to happen". As a result, the Rockets committed 19 turnovers, their most during the 2018 postseason.