So when Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni opted to call his team's Game 3 performance "soft" after a 126-85 loss that was the worst in the franchise's playoff history, it should have come as no surprise. But now they are down 2-1 with Tuesday's Game 4 at Oracle Arena, where Curry and the Warriors are undefeated in the playoffs since 2016.
The Warriors will hope to find the wrath of the Splash Bros out on the court instead of the kiddie pool after their pitiful display in game two.
Gordon matched James Harden's 27 points for the night, while three more teammates contributed double figure offensive thrusts each in playing as a team since the regular season and early in the post season.
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"He's been unbelievable and he's making plays", Curry said of Durant when asked about his performances in the playoffs.
"We played soft, actually", D'Antoni said afterward.
On the Rockets side of the ball, Houston shot 39% from the field and 32% from the three-point range.
"We've already graded [the Warriors] a victor", Golden Nugget sportsbook manager Aaron Kessler said before the start of the Western Conference Finals.
"I only need one, that's all I need", Curry said. "You can look at it any way you want ... but it didn't matter who we had out there tonight, we got beat". Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised Curry's "mental toughness" following three days of questions about his errant shooting and physical well-being, knowing the psychic devastation that his point guard's outbursts leave in their wake.
"Game 2, watching the film, I just had plays where I was in between - whether to switch or not, which way to send a guy". "We weren't as aggressive as we needed to be". "We're in pretty good shape right now". "It's harder to adapt in the playoffs, but I feel really good about where Steph is and our ability to help him and help free him up for the next game". "But, you know, you just can't allow it to happen". We had 19 turnovers.