Stephen Curry says Warriors are not in panic mode, enjoying series with Rockets
The defending champs came up short in their late-game comeback as the Rockets knotted the series at 2-2 with a 112-108 Game 4 victory. Nevertheless, the Warriors are nowhere near to pushing the panic button heading into a pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday.
"Wednesday's going to be fun."
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 7, 2019
The Rockets had control for most of the contest and had a nine-point lead with 2:31 remaining in the game. The Warriors staged a 7-0 run to trim the lead to two, capped off by a 3-pointer from Curry with 19 ticks remaining.
James Harden missed a crucial free-throw with 11 seconds remaining that left the door open for the defending champions to tie the game. However, Kevin Durant and Curry failed to cash in on a couple of good looks from downtown that would have sent the game into a second straight overtime affair.
Despite failing to come out of Houston with a split and dropping two straight, the Warriors seem confident with their current predicament. Golden State still showed its fight towards the end of Games 3 and 4 despite falling behind early, but ultimately came up short in both instances.
In last year’s Western Conference Finals, the Warriors lost Game 5 to the Rockets on the road and found themselves on the brink of elimination twice. But this year, Golden State will have the pivotal Game 5 at the raucous Oracle Arena.
Of course, the Warriors will still have to take care of business at home. The Rockets are proving to be their biggest threat, and they will have to play their A-game if they want to win a third consecutive championship.
If they lose on Wednesday, Curry and the Warriors may now have to push the panic button heading into an elimination game in Game 6 at Houston.