Last year, the Houston Rockets lost the first two games of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. After the Rockets got home, their city was hit by flooding. The script has changed slightly for Thursday’s Game 3 (9:30 PM ET, TNT) at the Toyota Center; the floods have already arrived, leaving large sections of town underwater.
This also isn’t the same Houston team that earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference last year. The Rockets (41-41 SU, 37-45 ATS) barely squeaked into the playoffs, plagued by dissension, injuries and a depleted bench after the failed trade for point guard Ty Lawson. Houston didn’t have much of a prayer in either of the first two games at Oracle Arena – but at least the Rox earned a push Monday night as 9-point road dogs.
That’s because Stephen Curry missed Game 2 for the Warriors (73-9 SU, 45-35-2 ATS) with discomfort in his ankle and foot. Curry hopes to play in Game 3, but he was also expecting to suit up on Monday after hurting himself in the opener. Shaun Livingston started in Curry’s place and scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.