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NBA Rockets lose star guard for Game 6

26 May, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • NBA Playoffs Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

He was easily the team's best player in their 95-92 Game 4 victory, shooting 50 percent from the field for 27 points, seven of which came in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter when Houston erased a 12-point deficit.

"It's all about toughness right now", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said, after his team showed that trait in spades - and far more than they have in their much-criticized playoff past.

Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals tips off on at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 31.

The Cavaliers, who have played the Warriors in each of the last three finals, trail the Celtics 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals.

According to oddsmakers, the Rockets are a 1-point favorite on the spread line.

Replacing Paul's point production and defensive work will require greater effort from Rockets standouts Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela.

Gordon has played a big role.

A switchable forward defensively capable of stretching the floor from three, Casspi would have been exactly the kind of player the Warriors could use in a matchup against the Rockets.

Somehow, someway, Kerr needs to find a balancing point in the Warriors offense that allows the Warriors to maintain a steady energy while also utilizing Durant's elite one-on-one skills. Durant admitted after Thursday's loss that Houston has discovered how to best defend him in the post, frequently dragging another defender to force a turnover, a bad shot, or the ball out of Durant's hands. He eventually returned, but was limited in what he could do and finished with only 10 points.

These next two games will be turned into a referendum for numerous Warriors and the operation as a whole, but amid that scrutiny, the man under the most pressure to perform isn't Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant.

The Rockets will once again be looking to disrupt the Warriors' rhythm tonight.

He shook his head at the fact neither team has broken 100 points in the last two games. It was an ugly game early, with both teams struggling to make shots.

NBA Twitter always manages to go undefeated, and after Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, that statement is as true as ever. He said the soreness diminished significantly between Games 3 and 4.



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