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Apr 18, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) holds onto a rebound against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 115-106. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) holds onto a rebound against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 115-106. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets look to turn their game 3 win into a winning streak as they face off against the Warriors today.

Due to some computer related issues, Ben Casey’s Daily Rocket Science for news on the Houston Rockets comes courtesy of yours truly :

Today’s game will be an uphill battle to say the very least, considering the chip on Draymond Green’s shoulder after his blunder to close out game 3 and the return of Steph Curry from a mysterious ankle injury. The Houston Rockets will look to give the Golden State Warriors a scare by forcing them to return to Oakland tied up at two games apiece.

Houston Rockets news and notes from around the web

It’s no secret that James Harden iced game 3 with a clutch turnaround jumper with 2.7 seconds left. It was a play that I’ve seen him convert a thousand times. However, there was a lot to be observed from that one shot, and The Dream Shake’s Colin Ainsworth gleaned all he could from the pivotal play.

"“ “ I know what some of you must be saying, and I agree. It is just one shot in one game in a series the are very far from winning. James Harden still has been over-thinking issues, and his leadership qualities are still certainly lacking (just ask everyone on the bench after that shot besides and ). But, whenever I’m asked about how I feel with James Harden leading my team, I say “James Harden, in spite of his beard, is 26 years old. He’s got time.” He does, and it’s moments like these that give me more confidence in saying he is well on his way. Rockets Clint Capela Donatas Motiejunas"

One of the most memorable aspects of the Rockets’ win was the unnecessary rough play that came from the Warriors’ big men. In one play, Andrew Bogut put Dwight Howard in an arm lock and yanked him away from a rebound, but Howard somehow was the one who came away with a technical foul. After the game, Rockets GM Daryl Morey took to Twitter to satirize the ridiculousness of the event, as reported by Michael Pina of Fox Sports.Houston Rockets Daily Rocket Science:

"“ “ This, right here, is a dirty play. Badly out of position and with no chance to grab the rebound, Bogut grabbed Howard’s left arm, locked it to his body, then violently pivoted away from the basket. It’s a dangerous, bush-league play that has no place in the NBA, even though . it happens all the time"

It seems that there were countless storylines that came from Thursday night’s game, and one of them was the lack of celebration from D12 and others after Harden hit the game-winner. Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report expanded on in his article, mentioning Howard’s simple message to critics who said he wasn’t celebratory enough.

Dwight Howard on James Harden game winning shot: "for all those people who think we were mad… Just shut up." #Rockets

— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_KPRC) April 22, 2016

Send our Editor any Rockets-related article/video/tweet/gram/vine that we may have missed via Twitter direct message to @TTOTambz.The Rockets will have their work cut out for them for today. The odds are still wildly against them, but another performance like Thursday’s would help them make this series competitive.

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