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Draymond Green reacts to Steven Adams' kick: 'That's like...'

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Draymond Green reacts to Steven Adams' kick: 'That's like...'

Days before Draymond Green was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul for kicking Steven Adams in the groin during the 2016 NBA playoffs, Adams told ESPN that Green "peaked with annoyingness." 

Nearly two years later, Adams seems to have taken some inspiration from Green.

The Thunder big man was assessed a technical foul for on Thursday for kicking Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the groin, and the outspoken Green had thoughts.

"Inadvertent? That's like an actual kick though...," Green commented on House of Highlights' clip of Adams' kick. "Hahahaha funny."

Green, of course, has maintained that his kick on Adams' in the 2016 postseason was inadvertent.

The Warriors and Thunder next play on Feb. 6.

Red-hot third quarter pushes Warriors halfway to fourth straight NBA Finals

Red-hot third quarter pushes Warriors halfway to fourth straight NBA Finals

That moment. It comes out of nowhere.

While fans were still putting mustard on hot dogs coming out of halftime Sunday evening at Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors were busy dropping the hammer on the Houston Rockets.

Almost every team in the league has faced an offensive run by the Warriors. Once it starts, it’s one of the more difficult things to stop in the NBA.

Golden State took a modest 54-43 lead into halftime and then unleashed the fury on Houston coming out of he break. The Warriors hit the visitors with a 10-0 run to start the third and ran away from the Rockets for a 126-85 win.

Stephen Curry shook off early game shooting struggled to hit the Rockets with 18 points in the third. Curry hit all seven of his shots in the period, including a pair of 3-pointers and four free throws.

“Steph definitely got it going,” Draymond Green said following the win. “I think it was very important for him to get to the basket. Once he started getting to the basket, then all of the sudden the threes opened up and they started to fall."

With the Rockets chasing the two-time league MVP around the court, Kevin Durant added 10 of his 25 points in the quarter 4-of-6 shooting. Once the pair got hot, there was nothing the Rockets could do but try to limit the damage.

“We played soft, actually,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You can’t do that with these guys, these guys are good."

Houston tried to respond, cutting the Warriors lead to 21 heading to the fourth quarter, but the rout was on. Golden State outscored the Rockets 38-18 in the fourth to give them their largest margin of victory in team playoff history.

“The second half, we came out too slow, too slow, too soft,” James Harden said. “Offensively, we didn’t have any thrust and they exploited it."

Curry knocked down a pair of triples in the fourth to finish the evening with 35 points. After a rough couple of shooting games in the playoffs, the All-Star guard appeared to find his mojo.

“I have the highest expectations for myself and you just got to find whatever it is to get you going,” Curry said. “Obviously, it felt good and you want to use that energy to show your teammates that you’re here, that you’re with them and get the crowd into it. But it’s just one game and you have to have that same type of energy and intensions and focus next game."

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures as they took a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. 

The two teams return to Oracle on Tuesday where Golden State will try to hold home-court advantage and move one step closer to a fourth straight NBA Finals.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Game 4 Oakland -- Tuesday, May 22nd at 6pm
Game 5 Houston -- Thursday, May 24th at 6pm
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm

 

Curry on bounce back performance in Game 3: 'This is what I expected to do'

Curry on bounce back performance in Game 3: 'This is what I expected to do'

Heading into Game 3, all the pundits and analysts were worried about Steph Curry and his missing jump shot.

But the two-time MVP wasn't concerned.

After scoring 35 points and leading the Warriors to a 41-point destruction of the Rockets, the first question posed to Curry was about his amusement from all the people analyzing his struggles.

"This is what I expected to do. Just like my approach to every game, don't get too high on the highs and don't get too low on the lows, you appreciate every opportunity to play the game and obviously thankful to hit some shots tonight, eventually. But we got a long way to go. So just got to stay focused, keep doing what I'm doing. And as a team, we played a lot better defense today, which got everybody more involved," Curry told TNT's David Aldridge moments after the Warriors beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night.

Curry's 35 points in Game 3 were more than he had combined in the first two games of the series (34). He made 5 of 12 3-pointers Sunday after making one in each of the games in Houston.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Game 4 Oakland -- Tuesday, May 22nd at 6pm
Game 5 Houston -- Thursday, May 24th at 6pm
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm