Well, the Rockets may have a little more good luck headed their way, whether it's deserved or not. Stephen Curry is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow night's Game 3 to take place in Houston.
Though Curry's MRI was said to contain "nothing of concern", Warriors coach Steve Kerr has pledged to keep out his MVP for as long as needed to fully heal, with the Warriors planning on staying in the playoffs for the long haul.
"There are plenty of cases in the past where people played through this stuff, and it didn't turn out so well. Grant Hill being the one that always jumps out at me. Whether that is the same type of thing as this, I don't really know. I do know that we have to look after his health, because the competitor that he is, he's going to want to play."
While that doesn't sound exactly positive for Curry's chances in Game 3, the Rockets were unable to take advantage of Curry's absence from Game 2 in Oakland, as Houston faltered down the stretch after hanging tough for most of the first three quarters. The Rockets are going to need more from both Dwight Howard and James Harden if they are to change Houston's luck with the series moving to the Toyota Center.
Harden and Howard have combined for 19 turnovers in the first two games of the series, while Harden is just 14-38 (36.8 percent) from the field, and Playoff Dwight has yet to show up, as Howard's looked sluggish on defense and non-existent on offense. The Rockets are a better team at home this season (23-18 as opposed to 18-23 on the road), so the hope is they will be able to turn things up a notch on their home floor, especially if Curry sits again.
The Warriors, however, remain confident in their chances even without the soon-to-be, two-time MVP, with Golden State forward Draymond Green telling ESPN that the Warriors feel they can beat the Rockets without Curry.
"As far as Steph being in the next game, I know he doesn't want to miss two games. But at the end of the day, there's no reason for him to be out there. We have to continue to pick him up. We plan on playing until June. To try to force him back out there now is not really the best idea. I think he will be out there from my conversations with him. But we just got to play it by ear and continue to see his progress over the next couple of days.
Game 2 builds our confidence and our momentum to go out there and beat them without Steph. We are already a very confident team. We already got the blueprint for winning without Steph. Obviosuly, we can't win the way we always win without him, but a game here and there, we think we can do it. We're very confident in that, and other guys have to step up."
Green laid down some bulletin board material for Houston. "There's no reason for him to be out there," should rile up any player with even a little bit of pride, and it's up to the Rockets to prove Green wrong by snagging some momentum in Game 3.
The only way to stop the talk is by winning, and with Curry very much up in the air again for Thursday night, the basketball gods may have just left the door cracked a smidgen for the Rockets. Will Houston be able to bust it down?