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Houston Rockets Social Media Buzz: A Curry-Less Loss

Apr 18, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (5) reacts to a foul call against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith (5) reacts to a foul call against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors played game 2 of their first round series Monday evening. Despite no Stephen Curry in the line-up the Rockets lost to fall 0-2 in the series. SCS takes a look at the social media buzz activity.

As the Houston Rockets prepared for game 2, the trending topic heading into Monday night’s contest was the status of Stephen Curry. After he suffered a sprained right ankle during game 1 he remained questionable for game 2. After going through his nightly routine, the Warriors ruled Curry out.

Injury update: Stephen Curry (right ankle) is out for tonight's game vs. Houston.

— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 19, 2016

Even with the absence of Curry, critics still gave the Rockets no chance of winning Monday night’s game. Perhaps the Rockets midseason loss to a Curry-less Warriors were still fresh in their minds.

@WillReeveJr I've actually heard someone say he should rest the series since we all know the Rockets go down in a sweep or 5 at worst.

— #ThankYouKobe (@CrazyLASports) April 19, 2016

As the game got underway, the Rockets All-Star duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard remained irrelevant to Houston’s offense. However, it would be the Rockets supporting cast stepping up in game 2.

Example One Josh Smith

Playoff Smoove didn't miss a 3 in Q1. pic.twitter.com/3pZzGCLVhV

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 19, 2016

Example Two: Patrick Beverley

Pat with the playoff defense! ☝️ https://t.co/xBm6evYzkc

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 19, 2016

Even with the contribution from Beverley and Smith, the Rockets still gave up 66 points to the Warriors during the first half. Led by Klay Thompson with 21 first half points. He gave a few Rockets fans the impression that the Warriors are just as deadly without their MVP.

I thought Steph was unstoppable, it's even worse with Klay

— $osa Marvin Gaye☔️ (@CocoaBrownJesus) April 19, 2016

Klay Thompson is killing my Rockets. 21points in the first half. #Rockets #Warriors

— Summer (@summer_kayy) April 19, 2016

You never know how good Klay Thompson is until he plays without Steph Curry. #GSWvHOU

— Coty Davis (@Mr_Thriller83) April 19, 2016

Unfortunately, the Rockets was unable to close out the Warriors in game 2. Yet James Harden and Dwight Howard summed up Houston’s discombobulated season with one of the worst alley-oop attempts in NBA history.

Worst lob of all time? https://t.co/JdCTC3gw3D https://t.co/HQnUPcLli7

— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 19, 2016

With Houston now trailing Golden State 0-2 in the series, one fan is starting to think that last year’s success was a big fluke.

Last year may be the fluke…
2013 1st Rnd Exit
2014 1st Rnd Exit
2015 6 to 2 seed b/c Spurs loss
Bad Mavs team. LAC comeback
2016 1st Rnd

— Juan Rodriguez (@Rocketfan2503) April 19, 2016

the Rockets face a tough task heading into Thursday night showdown against the Warriors. With game 3 back on their home court, Jason Terry knows that defense should be Houston’s primary concern.

Jason Terry: "I'm tired of watching people come down the lane and dunk and lay it up on us." #Rockets pic.twitter.com/2STLRWxMUq

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 19, 2016

Houston, we have a problem!

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