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Thursday, April 21, 2016

NBA : Warriors-Rockets Game 3 on TNT

Last year, the Houston Rockets lost the first two games of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. After the Rockets got home, their city was hit by flooding. The script has changed slightly for Thursday's Game 3 (9:30 PM ET, TNT) at the Toyota Center; the floods have already arrived, leaving large sections of town underwater.

This also isn't the same Houston team that earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference last year. The Rockets (41-41 SU, 37-45 ATS) barely squeaked into the playoffs, plagued by dissension, injuries and a depleted bench after the failed trade for point guard Ty Lawson. Houston didn't have much of a prayer in either of the first two games at Oracle Arena – but at least the Rox earned a push Monday night as 9-point road dogs.

That's because Stephen Curry missed Game 2 for the Warriors (73-9 SU, 45-35-2 ATS) with discomfort in his ankle and foot. Curry hopes to play in Game 3, but he was also expecting to suit up on Monday after hurting himself in the opener. Shaun Livingston started in Curry's place and scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

NBA : Warriors-Rockets Game 3 on TNT

NBA : Curry Questionable for Warriors in Game 3
The Houston Rockets haven't solved the Golden State Warriors yet, but they might catch a break when they get home for Game 3 of their first-round matchup this Thursday (9:30 PM ET, TNT). Stephen Curry could miss his second straight game for Golden State with foot and ankle issues.

The Warriors blew away the Rockets by 26 points in Game 1, but with back-up point guard Shaun Livingston starting in relief of Curry Monday night, they had to settle for a push, winning 115-106 as 9-point home favorites. That was down from –13.5 in Saturday's opener.

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