Warriors' outburst sinks Rockets, forces game seven

29 May, 2018, 09:22 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Klay Thompson

Paul has been sidelined since straining the hamstring in the final minute of Houston's Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors.

During Saturday's Game 6, Golden State Warriors were down to the Rockets by 17 by the end of the first quarter before realizing they were the Golden State Warriors.

Paul, a nine-time all-star, has averaged 21.1 points per game 5.8 assists for the Rockets this postseason. They had a 3-2 series lead, a 10-point halftime lead and the defending champions trying to match them on isolation plays at the brink of elimination. On Monday during game seven, the Astros will be at Yankee Stadium.

It was their first 3-pointer since one by Gordon with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter that put the Rockets up 42-28 during a woeful Warriors start.

The Rockets are facing similar uncertainty with the status of Chris Paul, although the team sounded less pessimistic than the Warriors did about Iguodala returning.

There's no guarantee that if the Rockets do all of this they can still win Game 7.




Houston head coach Mike D'Atoni spoke to reporters this evening and provided an update on his star point guard.

Did the National Basketball Association want the Eastern Conference finals to go to a Game 7? Assuming that Paul is indeed unable to play, I'm going with the Warriors to pull away in the second half and come away with the win.

As much of the sports world turns to its second straight day of hardwood Game 7s, Steph Curry is thinking like a golfer. Game 6 began as if the Rockets would punch their ticket to the next round, but the Warriors recovered with a phenomenal second-half performance to prolong their season. He asked, rhetorically, if the Rockets would take a Game 7 on their home court against the Warriors and, in a heartbeat, D'Antoni acknowledged the benefit of that scenario. Why did the Warriors' offence suffer costly breakdowns in Games 4 and 5? "I mean, I guess you could say I was born for it", Thompson said after the game, per ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Game 7 tips at 9 p.m. ET on Monday in Houston, with the victor advancing to the NBA Finals.

The Rockets will need to try and figure out a way to survive without Paul. However, Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters Saturday night the team is "operating under the assumption that he will not play". It's a bummer that he won't get to play in the biggest game of his career, with a spot in the NBA Finals on the line, but that's the unfortunate situation.

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