Rockets Forward's Shirt Trolling Warriors Comes Back to Bite Him in Blowout Loss

Houston Rockets forwards Tari Eason (17) and Jeff Green (32)
Houston Rockets forwards Tari Eason (17) and Jeff Green (32) / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets' fight to sneak into the NBA play-in tournament took a big hit on Thursday night, as the team lost 133–110 against the Golden State Warriors.

Rockets forward Tari Eason has taken it upon himself to stir up a bit of a rivalry with the Warriors during the second half of the season, despite having been sidelined with an injury since January.

Dressed in street clothes for Thursday's game at the Toyota Center, Eason could be seen attempting to troll Golden State with his choice of t-shirt. Eason wore a shirt which read, "Warriors Come Out to Play," a statement he'd soon regret as his team lost by 23 on their home court.

Just a few weeks earlier, Eason posted a bizarre video on social media in which he repeatedly challenged the Warriors to "come out and play." Despite slapping that slogan on a t-shirt, Houston wasn't able to strengthen its position for the postseason when given the opportunity to take on Golden State on the court.

The Rockets (38–38) now trail Golden State (42–34) by four games for 10th place in the Western Conference with just six games left in the regular season.

Warriors star Draymond Green made clear leading up to the game that he was aware the team had a chance to effectively end the Rockets' season, and despite Eason trolling from the bench, Golden State got the job done on the road.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.