Sitting in front in front of his locker wearing his game shorts and black compression tank top, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley wasn’t quite ready to put the Rockets 103-92 game three loss to the San Antonio Spurs behind him.
“When I wake up in the morning I will,” he said. “Tonight, look at some film, go home, chill, look at some more film, and get better.”
The Rockets opened the Western Conference Finals with a resounding 27-point win in San Antonio Monday night, only now to face a 2-1 series deficit following a second loss in 48-hours, and with game four coming up Sunday night, the Rockets are now 48 minutes away from making the series a best of three or playing with their season on the line Tuesday night, but the possibility of facing elimination is far from Beverley’s mind.
“We’re not even going to put that in the air right now,” he said. “It’s 2-1. They took back homecourt advantage, that’s why it’s a 7-game series. It’s going to be fun.”
Since they entered the series without homecourt advantage, the Rockets talked Friday night like a 2-1 deficit is where they’re supposed to be through three games.
“We’re in the same position that we would’ve been had they won two games at home,” forward Trevor Ariza said.
After winning game one Monday, the Rockets talked about wanting to be greedy and try to win a second game at the AT&T Center, but now going back to San Antonio merely even is their best case scenario, which they seem content with.
“If we win Sunday’s game, it’s a best out of three,” Rockets guard James Harden said.
The Rockets did not play well Friday. They shot 36 percent as a team and were held to under 100 points for the second straight night, which until now, hadn’t happened all season. While they played a terrific defensive first half, holding the Spurs to 43 points, they surrendered 60 after halftime, but there’s nothing they can do about it now.
“We can’t go back and re-play game three,” Ariza said. “You have to move on to game four, see what you did wrong, see what we did wrong in game three and try to do better at it next game.”
“They retook homecourt advantage,” Beverley said. “It’s a series, it’s the playoffs, so we’re excited to get to the next game, this game is over with, we can’t do nothing about it, wash it down when we take a shower, and get ready for the next game.”