People took note of some Houston Rockets players not looking exactly thrilled after James Harden drilled the winning jumper Thursday night, giving his team a 97-96 win in Game 3 against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Dwight Howard has a simple message for anyone looking to stir up controversy based on the Rockets’ body language: shhhh.
Howard big finish: "For all those people saying we weren't happy and excited that James hit the shot, shut up."
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 22, 2016
The big fella says Houston wasn’t yet ready to celebrate as the Dubs stilll had one final possession, which they fumbled away.
Per the Houston Chronicle:
Harden had put the Rockets in front with 2.7 seconds left, but the video of the bench reaction – with Howard, Corey Brewer and Terrence Jones relatively stoic – inspired debate about the Rockets’ thinking at the time. […] Howard said he thought one thing.
“Don’t let them get a shot off,” he said. “They’re known to hit crazy shots. I know last night, things were brought up about the bench not being happy about James hitting the shot,” Howard added. “I think all of us were happy. At the same time, we were more focused on ‘we can’t allow this team to get the ball again and shoot.’ Sometimes they play like Angels in the Outfield. They might catch it at halfcourt and hit a crazy shot. You just can’t celebrate in a situation like that.”
“Nobody was upset or mad that James hit the shot,” Howard said. “I think all of us were focused. That could have been the season right there. I think everybody made a big deal out of nothing. We were very happy that we won the game, but we were kind of upset that we put ourselves in that position to where it took a last-second shot for us to win the game when we clearly had them beat from the beginning of the game. […] For all those people saying we weren’t happy and excited that James hit the shot, shut up.”