James Harden does not see the Houston Rockets' Western Conference finals series against the Golden State Warriors as a "chess match".
The Rockets drew the series level at 1-1 by winning game two at Toyota Center 127-105 on Wednesday, Harden posting 27 points and 10 rebounds.
But a strategic and tactical battle with defending champions Golden State is not of interest to the Houston superstar.
"I wouldn't call it a chess match, I would just say we have to refocus on what we're supposed to do," said Harden.
"We don't really worry about who we're playing against. If we come out and be some dogs and do what we did tonight, it doesn't matter. But if we don't then we saw the result in game one. It's not about a chess match, it's about us."
Harden is proud of how the Rockets have responded to setbacks in the playoffs, but wants them to maintain that mentality for the remainder of the postseason.
"Look back at the Utah [Jazz] series, we lose game two and take our focus to another level and have a pretty good game in game three and get greedy and win game four," he commented.
"So, the same thing happened. We knew how difficult it was going to be, but we didn't come out with the approach of it being that difficult, in the sense that we lost game one.
"But we had that mindset tonight, after a loss to be the aggressor, and we have to keep that mentality. No matter where we are, if we keep that mindset we're in good hands."
It was suggested Houston's approach to game one, which had a heavy focus on Harden operating in isolation plays, would need to change if they were to overcome the Warriors, but head coach Mike D'Antoni has no doubt his philosophy will bring rewards.
"You have one of the best offenses probably of all time, at least with Golden State, and they're one of the best all-time teams. We're trying to prove we're up there with them. You're not going to come in and change the way you play. That's the way we played all year," said D'Antoni.
"We are who we are, and we had to be who we are. We just did it better, longer. Guys believe it, and we're not going to change anything up. That would be silly on my part to panic. You don't do that.
"We're very comfortable about who we are, and we can beat anybody anywhere at any time playing the way we play. Some people might not like it, you know? It might not look good to some people. But it's effective. It's efficient."
|Former Giants star Cruz announces retirement|
|Indians top Red Sox in series opener|
|White Sox manager Rick Renteria hospitalised before game|
|No timetable for Sale return from shoulder injury|
|This is a partnership - Rodgers on contract negotiations with Packers|
|Redskins secure Peterson signing|
|Jets delighted with Darnold, open to trading Bridgewater|
|Japan players apologise for ´thoughtless, careless´ actions at Asian Games|
|Japan send home four basketball players from Asian Games amid prostitution scandal|
|Astros avoid sweep with win over Athletics|
|Dodgers slugger Machado leaves game after being struck by pitch|
|Harden says Carmelo will ´be a good fit´ for Rockets|
|Twins place Santana on DL with finger injury|
|Yankees´ Gregorius suffers ´pretty significant´ heel bruise|
|Sherman calls for NFL to scrap ´idiotic´ helmet rule|
|Simmons lauds influence of ´big brother´ LeBron|
|Athletics pull even with Astros in AL West|
|Gordon confirms Cleveland Browns return|
|Scherzer, Harper lead Nationals past Marlins|
|Stephen Curry wants to finish his career with Warriors|
|Mets set franchise record in 20-run victory|
|Eagles QB Nick Foles suffers shoulder strain|
|Golf behind Timberwolves´ draft mishap in 2009? Curry thinks so|
|Puig suspended, Hundley fined for starting Dodgers-Giants brawl|
|Yankees slugger Judge ´frustrated´ with wrist injury|
|Marlins pitcher Urena handed six-game ban for intentionally hitting Acuna|
|Giants medical team discovered tumour in Brittan Golden´s mouth|
|Braves survive skirmish, loss of Acuna to top Marlins|
|Foles isn´t worried about Brady´s handshake snub|
|Eli Manning on Jalen Ramsey´s comments: ´Who?´|
|Judge´s recovery taking longer than expected|
|Rockets GM: LeBron James is ´the greatest ever´|
|Jaguars DB Ramsey calls Bills QB Allen ´trash´|
|Steelers QB Roethlisberger in concussion protocol|
|Braves´ Acuna Jr. has arrived as a true MLB star|
|Roethlisberger evaluated for concussion after practice|
|Brady ´absolutely´ expects to face Eagles|
|Wentz ´gonna be close´ for Eagles opener|
|Cleveland ´victory fridges´ to unlock beer if Browns finally win|
|Mariners reinstate Cano after 80-game suspension|
|Predators sign Ryan Ellis to eight-year, $50M contract|
|Rookie LB Roquan Smith finally signs Bears contract|
|DeGrom strikes out 12, Mets hit 5 homers in win over Yankees|
|Packers QB Rodgers doesn´t regret criticising team-mates|
|Indians OF Martin recovering from life-threatening bacterial infection|
|Shoulder injury sends Royals starter Duffy to DL|
|Yankees place Sabathia on DL with right knee inflammation|
|49ers to sign veteran RB Alfred Morris, Kyle Shanahan says|
|Veteran Carmelo Anthony pens one-year Rockets deal|
|Sale strikes out 12 in Red Sox´s win over Orioles|
|Wade will only return to Miami Heat|
|Marlins´ Holaday enters as pinch hitter, hits walk-off double in extras|
|Former Cavaliers guard Thomas apologises for Cleveland comment|
|Curry makes $25,000 donation after missing Web.com Tour cut|
|Jamal Crawford would be ´honoured´ to play for 76ers|
|Wall: Wizards equal to Celtics, 76ers, Raptors after LeBron left the East|
|Dolphins´ Kenny Stills calls out NFL for ´blackballing´ Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid|
|Gausman shuts down Brewers, Red Sox score 19|
|Curry misses cut, finishes last at Web.com Tour event|
|Paul excited to be play with Carmelo in Houston|
|Angels star Trout placed on DL with right wrist inflammation|
|Redskins rookie Guice out for season with torn ACL|
|Colts´ Luck on long-awaited return: ´I was nervous´|
|Sixers rookie Zhaire Smith has foot surgery|
|NFL players protest during anthem, Kaepernick tweets support|
|Astros slip to 0-4 against Paxton with loss to Mariners|
|Dez Bryant tells Browns: I´m coming to visit the Land!|
|WATCH: Odell Beckham Jr. turns heads with one-handed catch|
|Leonard breaks silence to thank Spurs and Popovich|
|DeGrom throws six-inning gem in Mets win|