Kevin Durant left the contest with what turned out to be a calf injury, giving an already-depleted Warriors a major hole they needed to fill. "And we'll see how Kevin's doing tomorrow", said Steve Kerr following the game.
There is other blame to go around - Chris Paul shot 3-of-14, Eric Gordon missed nine of his 14 attempts, Austin Rivers went 1-of-6, and Clint Capela's name was trending on Twitter early Thursday morning as fans tweeted about him failing to live up to his big offseason contract.
These Western Conference semifinals teams are tied up 2-2, with the Rockets winning two consecutive games to even the series behind the play of James Harden. "I thought, I've seen that before with guys who have hurt their Achilles".
Durant immediately went back to the locker room as he appeared to be holding his right Achilles. "I was assured it's a calf strain and not the Achilles". Nonetheless, the mere fact that the injury is nothing more serious than a calf strain is definitely a best-case scenario for the Dubs.
He finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.
"We're all obviously disappointed for him". "When I walked into the coach's office after the game, the replay of the play was going on".
The Rockets were hopeful of seeing Durant on the court Friday.