Not only did the Warriors ruin that guarantee, crushing the Rockets 114-81 at Oracle Arena, but Golden State forward Draymond Green piled on after the contest, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:
I definitely heard about [Jason Terry's] comments, but I got mad respect for Jet. He's a guy that's done it in the league for a long time. He was a big part of the championship team that beat LeBron and the Heat the year after 'The Decision.' If a dog don't wag his own tail, who is going to wag it? I'm not sure about coming out here guaranteeing a win, but he has to do something to get his guys going. I respect that. Jet is one of the vets in the league and one of the guys I watched growing up. I got mad respect for him. But the big homey can't come out here and put out an 0-for-7 donut if he's going to guarantee a win.
My teammates and I laughed about it. I actually screenshot Jet's guarantee quote and put it in the group chat. I said, 'You see this mess?' It wasn't like we needed the bulletin board material. We were coming out here to close it out, anyway. Everybody was like, 'Really? All right. Let's get it. Let's go.' It was exciting, but the way we really closed this series out says a lot about this team.
Terry, 38, failed to score a point in 22 minutes, though he did contribute four rebounds and an assist. For the series, he averaged 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25 minutes per game.
Green, 26, had a much larger impact on the outcome, notching 15 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and a steal in 31 minutes.
He'll need to continue to offer that comprehensive impact for the Warriors, who remain without the injured Stephen Curry, the favorite to repeat as the league's MVP after his excellent 2015-16 season. Green and Klay Thompson will be the duo expected to pick up the slack the most in Curry's absence, though the incredibly deep Warriors remain dangerous, even without Curry in the lineup.
Houston's season, meanwhile, was a disaster for most of the year, despite the team's postseason appearance. The difference between Golden State's chemistry and Houston's dissonance on Wednesday night was clear.
“The season from the beginning wasn’t going our way,” superstar James Harden acknowledged after the Game 5 loss, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com. “We had too many distractions, a bumpy road this entire season.”
Dwight Howard added, “It didn’t go the way we wanted to go. We had a lot of ups and downs and I’m sure all of us are going to take some time to reflect on what we can do to better ourselves.”
Howard, of course, may not be back with Houston next season, as he'll likely opt out and become a free agent. Certainly, the chemistry between Harden and Howard is something that will need to be addressed, as the two rarely seemed to be on the same page this year.
And Terry didn't hesitate to suggest that Harden could make improvements in his approach, per Watkins:
I’ve been around this thing a long time. You will be faced with all types of adversities and how you come through those is a sign of the type of team you have. Our team was just not strong enough mentally to get through those adversities and learn. A lesson for [Harden] as a star of a team, you have to deal with certain issues and still be able to be mentally tough to bring your level of play up with your team and get them to where you want them to go. It happens.
"We just didn’t have the chemistry needed," he added.
It's doubtful that Harden and the Rockets had many laughs following Terry's latest comments. Then again, it doesn't seem as though the Rockets shared many laughs together as a team this season, period.
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