"To me, Golden State has all the pressure," D'Antoni said Monday, per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. "They have to come in here and win tomorrow night."
Golden State earned a 126-85 win over Houston in Game 3 to go up 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. The teams will return to action in Oracle Arena in Game 4 Tuesday.
Considering the Warriors set a record for the most consecutive home wins in playoff history with 16, per ESPN, they are in good shape to win the next game and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
According to OddsShark, the defending champions are listed as 8.5-point favorites in Game 4.
While this appears to put Houston in rough shape in the seven-game series, D'Antoni's words make sense when you consider the alternative.
If the Rockets win Game 4, the series would be even at 2-2 with two more games scheduled in the Toyota Center in Houston, a place where they are 40-9 this year (including 6-2 in the postseason). They could also gain some confidence from earning a rare road win in Oakland.
Additionally, it would put a lot of pressure on a Warriors team that hasn't seen a lot of close calls in the past few years. The last time Golden State lost two games in a single series was the 2016 NBA Finals, where the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 series deficit to win the championship.
Although the Rockets just suffered the worst playoff loss in franchise history, they can get right back in the series with a win in Game 4.