Howard thinking big after Game 3: 'We didn't come into this to win 1 game'
While the Internet delighted in Dwight Howard's melancholy reaction to his team's Game 3 win Thursday night, the Houston Rockets' star big man's focus was already turning to the remainder of the series against the defending champions.
"The next game has to be like we're playing a Game 7," Howard said following Houston's first win of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors. "We didn't come into this to win one game. We want to win the series."
Howard had another strong statistical night at the office on Thursday, finishing with 13 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, two assists, and a steal, but his 1-of-6 performance from the free-throw line and the Warriors' hack-a-Shaq strategy in the final minutes sent him to the bench down the stretch.
As for the Rockets, as much as Howard's comments will come off as wishful thinking, they're now just one win away from sending the series back to the Bay Area even at two games apiece, and Stephen Curry's status for Game 4 has yet to be confirmed.