HOUSTON –- After his utterly forgettable performance contributed to a 97-96 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, Warriors forward Draymond Green made no attempt to hide his self-disgust.
“I cost us this game,” he said. “I was horrible.”
Green finished Game 3 with 9 points, seven rebounds and seven assists – and seven turnovers, the last coming on the final possession when he took an inbounds pass from Klay Thompson with 2.7 seconds left and dropped the ball off his foot and out of bounds.
“I was awful, the whole game,” Green said. “I care about the (late) turnover, but I don’t care to the point where I feel that turnover cost us.
“I cost us the game throughout the game.”
Green committed three turnovers in each the first and fourth quarters, critical times for a team trying to start well and end strong. The Warriors committed 14 turnovers in all, leading to 20 Houston points as the Rockets came home to Toyota Center and won for the first time in the series.
Though Green usually plays at a fast tempo, he seemed particularly rushed in this game, throwing wild passes and making reckless shot attempts in as he attempted to summon the gusto that usually comes naturally.
“I didn’t have my regular energy (or) play with the same push I normally do,” he said. “I didn’t play that intensity that I normally have. Not having that intensity is what leads to everything else. Not having that intensity is what leads to missed shots. Not having that intensity is what leads to turnovers.”
Green played 37 minutes, missing six of his nine shots from the field and three of his six shots from the line. He was minus-7 for the game.
He vowed to be better in Game 4 on Sunday, when the Warriors believe Steph Curry will return to the lineup after missing the last two games.
“It happens like that sometimes,” he said. “I just have to be better for my team on Sunday.”