Mike D’Antoni thinks Rockets played ‘soft’ in Game 3
Mike D’Antoni and the Houston Rockets were totally outclassed by a Golden State Warriors squad welcoming back the real Stephen Curry. After a two-game slump, the two-time Most Valuable Player erupted for 35 points thanks to a strong second-half effort, handily blowing out the Rockets, 126-85.
Houston was coming off a morale-boosting victory in Game 2 that was believed to have re-injected some confidence back to the team. Afterall, they owned the Warriors in their regular series. The Rockets’ surge has been largely attributed to the presence of tough pieces such as Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker, and Luc Mbah a Moute.
After the final buzzer sounded, the 41-point beatdown was enough for D’Antoni to blast his own team during the postgame pressers.
“We played soft actually. You can’t do that against these guys,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.
The Rockets learned the hard way, unfortunately. Houston wasn’t just soft in this game. They were careless too as evidenced by 19 turnovers to their slate.
For all the talk about Houston’s improved defense, they have yet to consistently show up against the Warriors under the playoff spotlight. They got Game 4 again at Oracle Arena and the stakes have gone notches higher for them, potentially facing a 3-1 hole against a team as debilitating as Golden State.