After another loss in Oakland the Houston Rockets trail the Warriors 0-2 in the NBA Playoffs. As the series shift to Houston for 2 home dates SCS takes a look at the stories featured in the news.
The big news of the series hasn’t been what’s happening on the court, rather it has focused on what is going on off the court. Specifically the health of the Warriors franchise star Stephen Curry is understandably a major concern for Golden State. Though some are suggesting the best bet may be to rest Curry for the remainder of the Rockets series, his health moving forward could dictate how deep the Warriors can get in the post season.
Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post article pointed to Kerr’s pre and post game comments indicating the Curry injury may be more serious than some are assuming:
"“ ” – Kerr We will definitely err on the side of caution. “If he’s not right, then he’s not going to play. It’s not worth risking turning this into a long-term issue."
Also notable in Bontemps article was how the Rockets appear on the court:
"“ ” – Bontemps In short, no one is going to breathe easy around the Warriors until Curry is back. Given they are playing a team that looks like they’d rather be anywhere but on the court, though, there should be zero thought given to playing Curry again in this series. Let him get healthy and prepare for the second round, because Monday’s game proved getting out of the first will be nothing more than a formality."
Further on Curry’s injury Sam Amick of USA Today reported Curry underwent an MRI Tuesday, but the results showed no reason for concern. This is welcome news given the reigning MVP’s history of ankle injuries:
"“ .” -Amick Because of Curry’s harrowing health history, all those ankle injuries that nearly derailed what has fast become such an incredible career, the Warriors and their fans are naturally more prone to reach for the panic button. As it stands, however, it appears there will be no need"
And while Curry’s status remains uncertain, perhaps the greatest obstacle to Houston is the Rockets themselves. Jonathan Feigen of the Chronicle noted the Warriors picked up on the finger pointing occurring on court as a sign the were doing the right thing. And further noted Howard was quick to refute he and Harden were arguing:
"“ “= Howard We weren’t jawing at each other,” Howard said. “We were just emotional. We weren’t saying anything crazy to each other. We both want to win. We’re playing basketball and we’re trying not to go home. It wasn’t anything bad."
As the Rockets headed home their minds were on more than just basketball as Houston has been hit hard by flooding. Bruce Jenkins of the SFGate noted Patrick Beverley’s comments regarding the situation in Houston:
"“It’s tough,” he said. “Got no power in my house. Heard some water came into my room. Guess I wanted some new carpeting, anyway.”- Beverley"
So with Game 3 set for Thursday night in Houston the Rockets have many things to fix prior to tip-off. And while the team can talk about doing the fundamentals and bringing effort it’s difficult to believe this same Rockets squad will suddenly show up to showcase a full 48 minute consistent effort. At this point Red Nation has heard it all before, now it’s a matter of the players stopping the talk and letting their actions speak.
That’s it for today’s Daily Rocket Science, stick with Space City Scoop throughout the day for articles, news and opinions on all things Houston Rockets.
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