“It is OK,” Harden said when answering a question which started together with how the Rockets were on a roster. “Yeah. Nah, it’s okay, man. We lost. We know we did. Excellent point about this is we play on Friday. It’s one loss.”
Needless to say, a loss to the Warriors possess the capability to hold more weight compared to many others, particularly for its Rockets, whom Golden State has eliminated in three of their past 4 postseasons, for example past season’s seven-game Western Seminar.
Houston coach Mike D’Antoni In Deed bemoaned his team made way too many mistakes and said this will be something which may assist the Rockets significantly a lot more than just by watching film.
“Well, it better be” D’Antoni said of having the Warriors live rather than looking for from film. “Sometimes you never learn much whenever you triumph. It’ll get their attention. And we simply gotkindly figure out some things and perform a superior job.”
Not just was Houston attempting to secure its 10th straight game on Wednesday, however it also had an opportunity to sweep the season series with Golden State for its first time as the 2009-10 season. The Warriors were playing Kevin Durant, who had been out with a sprained ankle.
Houston (42-26) trailed by 13 points with 4:52 left before storming back with a 14-2 run. But after Harden made the first of 2 free throws to find the Rockets to 106-104 with 6.4 seconds left, he missed the second, and Houston could not corral the rebound.
“Sometimes games such as this can kind of wake up you,” Houston guard Austin Rivers said. “We won nine in a row… you kind of let go of the rope just a little bit or we make some mistakes which we are getting off with maybe against some of those teams we’ve been playing during the last few weeks. I believe that it had been maybe a reminder when we play with them, of course, that is the goal. The goal is to match them up , whether it’s 2nd around or conference finals, whatever it might be.”
The Rockets were outrebounded by Golden State 44-31. Despite Durant’s lack, the Rockets couldn’t comprise Stephen Curry (2-4 points), Klay Thompson (30 points) or DeMarcus Cousins, who had his best game as a Warrior with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
“No matter how often one beats them at the regular season, they’re still the champs, and no body yells off them until you knock off them. Tonight was definitely a good learning lesson for us, and we’ll surely learn as a result .”
But as a number of these Rockets will say, this defeat to the Warriors (46-21) was only one loss from the big picture.
“Yeah, that’s a excellent team,” Houston centre Clint Capela said. “Tonight, we lose by 2, just because these were a little better from the facts… They merely did a good work, a small bit better than us.
“But that’s OK. That’s 31 [from the regular season show ].”