Draymond Green on Warriors' Game 2 Loss to Rockets: 'Now It's Time to Lock In'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2018

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after he was called for a foul against Houston Rockets guard James Harden during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green chalked up his team's 127-105 Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals to a bad day at the office.

"We allow one of those a series," Green said Saturday, per The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "We've had our one. Now it's time to lock in."

The Warriors were uncharacteristically poor Wednesday night.

Stephen Curry was 1-of-8 from three-point range, and Klay Thompson shot 3-of-11 from the field. Curry (16 points) and Kevin Durant (38 points) were the only Golden State players to score in double figures.

On defense, the Warriors struggled to slow down the Rockets offense despite James Harden making just three of his 15 three-point attempts. The trio of Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon combined to score 68 points.

The question in Game 3 on Sunday night at Oracle Arena is how much of that game is representative of the series as a whole. 

Because they have such an explosive offense, it's easy to forget how good Houston's defense has been. The Rockets ranked sixth in defensive rating (103.8) during the regular season. Perhaps head coach Mike D'Antoni has cracked the code for the Warriors' "Hamptons Five" lineup.

Of course, it would be hasty to overreact after just one game, which is why Game 3 will be instructive for how the rest of the conference finals will likely unfold.

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