"For however long it is, just stay aware of what's going on, keep your mind right so when you get back in there you can get back to doing what you're doing".
As the Western Conference finals showdown shifts to Oracle Arena for Sunday's Game 3, tied at one game apiece, the Warriors have spent the past few days discussing their Game 2 troubles and what they're striving to do in order not to be dominated again.
"It was not a very good game, and we're going to have to play a lot better Tuesday", Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Eric Gordon (11), P.J. Tucker (six) and Trevor Ariza (six), who combined for 68 points in the Game 2 win, combined for just 23 points in Game 3.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr was asked if he was getting nervous in the first half when Curry was missing most off his shots.
In other words, Curry blamed himself for the loss.
The two-time defending champions earned a clutch win at Houston to start the series, providing them the chance to clinch the series at home. But Sunday was the first time Houston had to contend with an engaged Warriors' defense led by Draymond Green and Iguodala, an offense that features the impossible-to-guard Kevin Durant, and a Curry who is making his trademark deep 3-pointers.
However, in the third term Curry got his mojo back as he doubled his score for the game with 18 points, shooting 7 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 from 3-point land. As a result, the Rockets committed 19 turnovers, their most during the 2018 postseason.
"This guy's a two-time MVP and he bounces back from bad games as well as anyone I've ever seen so it didn't surprise me". The margin of error against the Warriors is too slim, particularly when Curry wakes up like he did in Game 3.
We know the 3-pointer has changed basketball, and made rapid comebacks much more likely ... but the problem is everyone shoots 3-pointers so well, there isn't a massive advantage there for anyone except the team with three of the best 10 shooters in the NBA. James Harden did not have his best game either, scoring 20 points with nine assists. The 2018 MVP favorite was left almost speechless. They picked it up in the second half. To be fair, it's unreasonable to expect any individual player, even Harden or LeBron James, to have a comprehensive solution for the reigning champs' devastating firepower.
"It's not just this year it's the last four years", Kerr said.
Despite those efforts, the loss to San Antonio left a stain, one that has endured through a season that produced a new franchise record for wins.
If Curry and Durant both play well, that might be too much for Houston to survive.
Curry thrived despite a Rockets game plan that continued to target him on the defensive end, a strategy that had seemed to work in tiring him out in Games 1 and 2.
Klay Thompson capitalizing off of the Rockets' many mental breakdowns added a 28 point game performance to KD's 37, including 6 three pointers.