The Houston Rockets’ season could very well be on the line in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland Tuesday evening.
Houston is coming off a franchise-worst 41-point playoff loss in Game 3 of the conference finals and are taking on a Warriors team that’s in the midst of an NBA Playoff record 16-game home winning streak.
A loss on Tuesday, and the Rockets will find themselves in a position to have to win three consecutive games against the defending champs.
Part of the problem in Game 3 was Stephen Curry’s red-hot second half performance. He scored 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting in the third quarter.
But it doesn’t seem like Rockets center Clint Capela is too concerned.
“If I’m close to him (Curry) when he’s shooting 3s, he’s not going to make 3s,” Capela said, via The Undefeated. “Whenever he got a little separation, that is why he made 3s. Not really (worried).”
For their part, the Warriors have to be hoping that Capela does in fact switch out on Curry a lot in Game 3. While the two-time MVP’s shooting was off in the series prior to his explosion in the second half of Game 3, Curry has blown past Rockets defenders with relative ease in the series.
Capela might be playing it off like he’s not really worried. That’s fine. But with the disastrous defensive effort we’ve seen from MVP candidate James Harden, the Rockets should be a tad concerned here.
It’s also important to note that Curry is shooting nearly 40 percent on contested threes throughout the playoffs.