UPDATE (5:10pm): Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out of Game 3 against the Rockets in Houston, coach Steve Kerr told the media Thursday.
Programming note: Warriors-Rockets Game 3 coverage starts tonight at 5:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.
HOUSTON – With Stephen Curry’s status in doubt after the Warriors went through morning shootaround, the Warriors are prepared to carry on with their star if he’s unable to play Thursday against the Rockets in Game 3.
The Warriors have taken a 2-0 series lead in this best-of-seven series, and Curry has played only 20 minutes. He didn’t play at all in Game 2.
But with the scene shifting to Houston, the Warriors expect the Rockets to summon a jolt of energy from playing at Toyota Center.
The Rockets have spent the past two days vocalizing their frustrations and alleging that the Warriors get away with illegal actions, implying that they’ll retaliate in an effort to get back into the series.
The team with a 2-0 series lead in the NBA playoffs has emerged victorious 94 percent of the time.
Warriors by 5.5
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Klay Thompson/Andre Iguodala vs. James Harden: Harden is Houston’s most dangerous offensive weapon, and the Warriors, after some slippage in Game 2, will attempt to duplicate their success in Game 1. The goal is to make him work and keep him off the line. On the other end, Harden is an indifferent defender inviting abuse.
Andrew Bogut et al vs. Dwight Howard: Howard often seems unengaged, and it’s visible. Once a defensive force, he practically waves the Warriors toward the rim. Do his teammates neglect him on offense, or is Howard no longer a viable option?
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle injury) is listed as out. F Kevon Looney (R hip soreness) is listed as out.
Rockets: F Sam Dekker (low back tightness) is listed as out.
The Warriors won the first two games of this series and since February 2014 have won 14 of the 15 meetings, including a five-game series victory in the 2015 Western Conference Finals.
“Usually in the playoffs, by Game 3 everybody’s kind of tired of each other. You know what’s coming. You know what the other team is trying to do. It’s the playoffs; everybody’s competitive. It should be physical. I would be disappointed if our players weren’t physical. It’s the NBA playoffs.” – Warriors coach Steve Kerr on his expectations for Thursday night