Much has been made about the officiating early in the Warriors' NBA playoff second-round series with the Houston Rockets.
Most of that chatter came from the Rockets following their Game 1 loss at Oracle Arena, but the officiating was relatively good in both Games 2 and 3.
The NBA ruled that, upon review of the tape, Rockets star James Harden should have been called for an offensive foul with 27 seconds left in the overtime period. Harden collided with Warriors forward Draymond Green after letting go of an 8-foot floater that gave Houston the five-point lead by which it eventually won.
James Harden's floater and Steph Curry's blown dunk cap a wild finish to the Rockets' Game 3 win 😱 pic.twitter.com/egOy5ujUMh— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 5, 2019
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To be clear, the Warriors appeared to lack focus in Game 3 from the jump. The Rockets thoroughly outplayed them for most of the game, and only Kevin Durant's sensational game allowed the Warriors to have a shot at stealing Game 3. Still, they should have only trailed by three with 26 seconds to play in overtime.
Holding a 2-1 series lead, Golden State now must find a way to get both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson going for Monday night's critical Game 4, or they risk heading back to Oakland with the series tied at two.