With Paul out because of a hamstring injury, the Warriors blew the doors off Houston in the second half of Game 6 on Saturday. With James Harden struggles on the court for most of the series, it had been Paul that picked up the slack and lead the Rockets to a 3-2 lead ahead of Game 6. The Rockets led by 10 at the second half of the series. Rockets guard Eric Gordon started in Paul's place and had 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.
Chris Paul will be listed as "questionable" for Game 7, according to Houston Rockets Head Coach Mike D'Antoni.
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"I feel like we're the best team in the world and the most fun team to watch when we're pushing that ball and getting defensive stops, making the simple play", said Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who scored a game-high 35 points while sinking nine 3-pointers.
In one atrocious stretch during the third and four quarter, the Rockets missed 26 3-pointers in a row. That just means James Harden will have to heighten his game to a level he's never reached especially on a stage like this. Paul suffered the injury in the final minute of the Warriors' Game 5 loss in Houston last week.
In fact, after the first quarter, the Rockets scored only 47 more points the rest of the game.
After winning the seven-game series against the Boston Celtics with an 87-79 Game 7 triumph, the Cleveland Cavaliers had plenty of reasons to celebrate their fourth straight Eastern Conference championship. 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. Here's what you need to know about Warriors and Rockets going into the Western Conference Finals.
Golden State looked so bad in the first half that Steve Kerr, the back-to-back recipient of the Rudy Tomjanovich Award that honors the most media-friendly National Basketball Association coach, cut short his between-quarters interview with TNT. 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.