The much-anticipated match-up between Stephen Curry and James Harden continues to live up to its hype and does not disappoint hoops fans in the NBA (National Basketball Association) Western Conference Playoff Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. Warriors vs. Rockets game 3 can be watched and listen online via live stream - free for subscribers - below.
In Thursday's Game 2 of the Warriors vs Rockets NBA playoff finals, Curry and Harden traded shot after shot that almost gave their basketball fans heart attacks, while their teammates seem to enjoy the show from the sidelines.
Going into Game 3 on Saturday (6pm PST, 9pm EST) in Houston, the Rockets cannot afford another loss as they are trailing the Warriors vs Rockets NBA playoff finals series 0-2. At this point, it becomes tougher for the Houston Rockets as data compiled by WhoWins.com showed that comebacks in a best-of-seven NBA playoff finals are completed only less than 10 percent.
Indeed Houston is facing an overwhelming odds in the Warriors vs Rockets in its quest to earn the Western Conference Finals berth. But we cannot write them off this early, after all, Houston came from a 3-1 deficit against the Los Angeles Clippers. And when all hopes faded, the Rockets won three straight games in the playoffs and eliminated the Clippers.
Against the Warriors, Houston lost Games 1 and 2 by a combined five points. Both those losses could have been wins, according to Bleacher Report.
In Game 1 of the Warriors vs Rockets, Houston squandered a 16-point lead to crash 106-110 in favor of the Warriors. And in Game 2, the Rockets managed to erase a 17-point deficit but in the end lost by one point, 99-98. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Rockets as Harden had an opportunity to win the game with 10 seconds remaining but failed to make the shot as the time expired.
Curry is on Fire
NBA 2015 season MVP Curry is on a hot streak. He sunk 11 3-pointers in the NBA Western Conference finals, with 34 points in Game 1 and 33 points in Game 2.
He told the Associated Press, "You put a lot of hard work into your craft, and when you rely on that work, you kind of just are in the moment, and those shots, when you rise up to take them, it feels natural, it feels normal. I feel confident, and you just live with the results."
MVP runner up Harden said Houston will do a better job when the NBA Western Conference finals returns to Houston. He commented, "It hurts, but they did what they had to do. They won two games at home. We're going back home to get two games."
Houston point guard Jason Terry, said Game 3 of the Warriors vs Houston is the most important one of the series for the Rockets. "This is a must-win game for us. Must-win time. You have to love it. It's the Western Conference finals. What better place to be? Going home and the sense of urgency is going to be there from the tip." Terry won an NBA title with Dallas in 2011,
"They feel like they lost two games they should have won," Golden State's Draymond Green said. "We feel like we almost gave this one away ... we have a ways to go, there's a lot we can get better at. But we're sitting here 2-0 and that's the most important thing."
Rockets coach Kevin McHale also has another problem on his hand. Houston center Dwight Howard sprained his ankle in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals and is listed as probable in Game 3.
"We know that no matter what's going in, I'm not going to let it defeat me - an injury, losing a game or two - I'm not going to let it defeat my spirits," Howard said. "I want the team to fight through and that's the only way to go. That's the only way you succeed."
To keep up to date, go to the NBA Playoffs: Conference Finals Schedule site to track how your favorite NBA team is doing.
For those interested in more NBA Playoff action, here is how and when to watch the games online. Go to the NBA Stream site for this action, and be sure to check to see if you are in the right time zone:
For those who are interested in watching these games on television, here are the stations they will play on according to the National TV Schedule on the NBA Site. Any Tuesday or Wednesday game will be on the NBA on TNT. For Thursday and Friday, check on ESPN. For Sunday and Monday, it is back to NBA on TNT again. As for radio times, check your area.
Those that want even more action on their phone, tablet, or computer might want to check out TNT Overtime, a way to watch enhanced coverage of the NB on TNT Live. This service allows the viewer to watch on a phone or tablet, vote for a favorite NBA player to watch live, watch live from multiple camera angles, and follow social buzz on the games and players.