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BBNBA: Curry Struggles as Houston Wins Game 3

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Stephen Curry missed a breakaway dunk at the end of overtime and then his entire team immediately gave up. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.


(1) Warriors – 121 @ (4) Rockets – 126 (GSW leads 2-1)

  • Normally we don’t cover NBA games without any former Kentucky players, but this series is an exception – and DeMarcus Cousins is still technically a member of the Golden State Warriors. Plus, the game was just so damn good. The Houston Rockets have finally made this a series by winning Game 3 in overtime. James Harden posted 41 points and drilled an absolute dagger with under a minute left to put the game away while Kevin Durant continues his reign of playoff terror for the Warriors with 46 points on only 31 shot attempts.
  • But the real story was Warriors guard Steph Curry and the basketball abomination he put on display Saturday night. Curry shot 7-23 from the field and 2-9 for deep, registering only 17 points in addition to three turnovers. It was one of, if not the worst, playoff game of Curry’s Hall-of-Fame career. He missed a couple of routine layups in overtime that he typically hits with ease and then was sent back by the rim on a breakaway dunk with the Warriors down five and time running out. Once the rim stuffed Curry and sent him back to Oakland, the rest of the Warriors just threw their hands up in a collective waving of the white flag.

  • Look at how much time is left after Curry missed the dunk. Klay Thompson almost wanted to foul but seemingly pulled himself back at the last moment. It was kind of awkward, actually. Everyone in the arena was confused while the Golden State players slowly paced around for the last ticks of the clock. Down five with 20 seconds left is more than enough reason to foul and extend the game. But the Warriors gave up. There’s no other way around it. Curry was awful. Durant was spectacular. The Warriors just don’t seem to be putting in the same amount of effort that they have been in previous playoff runs. They appear tired of each other at this point. The Warriors can’t be the Warriors with just Durant. They need Curry to play at a high level and he has to do that through the first three games.
  • But hey, at least we have a series now.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)121-126 L @ HOU DNP-Quad----------------


3:30 (ABC): Raptors (Meeks) @ Sixers (PHI leads 2-1)

7:00 (TNT): Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere, Kanter) (POR leads 2-1)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

6 Comments for BBNBA: Curry Struggles as Houston Wins Game 3

  1. Smyrna_Cat
    12:17 pm May 5, 2019 Permalink

    No throwing former Cats under a bus. Awesome.

    But we do have, “Once the rim stuffed Curry and sent him back to Oakland, the rest of the Warriors just threw their hands up in a collective waving of the white flag.” Wow. This is funny.

  2. BobbyBlue
    12:45 pm May 5, 2019 Permalink

    Gosh could it be that a lot more money for TV and the NBA had something to do with it, if it goes to 6 or 7 games—-nahh that would be cheating !

    • ibescootch
      2:24 pm May 5, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sure Steph and the Warriors were throwing the game so the NBA could make more money. Good call, Sherlock.

  3. nocode96
    2:19 pm May 5, 2019 Permalink

    Lifelong Warriors fan here, that stung a little bit, but now the nba is going to see 6 or 7 games worth of revenue in this series, and the Warriors are still gonna win it.

  4. AFR0_SAMURAii
    5:47 pm May 5, 2019 Permalink

    This has nothing to do with Kentucky and being a fan since 2014 doesn’t make you a lifetime fan

  5. mashburnfan1
    8:22 pm May 5, 2019 Permalink

    Everyone had quit playing, notice Steph is all alone on offense, because the play before that Harden should have been called for a charge but no whistle and his shot counted. Warriors all stopped right then and today NBA said refs missed the charge call, don’t know how as it was the easiest call all game to make.