Friday, 21 September, 2018

Rockets Star In Serious Danger Of Missing Game 7 With Ailing Hamstring

Warriors may have run a play for Stephen Curry suggested by writer in Game 6 Warriors may have run a play for Stephen Curry suggested by writer in Game 6
Sergio Cook | 28 May, 2018, 07:44

The Houston Rockets will attempt to close out the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night, but will have to go about it without star point guard Chris Paul. The Golden State Warriors have been shaky all playoffs on the road and have had trouble with the Rockets defense the last two trips in Houston.

Stephen Curry added five 3s and 29 points while helping Golden State cool off James Harden in the second half. And roaring Oracle Arena went insane with hopes of even more home games to come if Golden State can get to a fourth straight finals.

"I thought Klay was fantastic tonight, not just for 35 points and the nine threes, but his defense", Kerr said.

After 10,000 people paid $10 each to watch Saturday night's game at the Toyota Center in what was a fundraiser for victims of the Santa Fe school shooting, Harden has no doubt that the home fans will be ready to help them out in Game 7.

"I guess you could say I was born for it. Man, that felt good", Thompson said. Considering the ups and downs of this series and the mystique of the Warriors, it's about the best thing we can hope for. Kevon Looney has started for Iguodala's absence in all three games.

"We have an opportunity to re-establish ourselves at home, get a big win, keep ourselves alive, and then roll the dice into Game 7", Curry said. I was more anxious about the offense coming into the game than the defense. "You wake up that morning, and it's like, 'This is it.' This is the culmination of everything that's happened the last couple weeks". "We're still confident. We're a confident group, and we've just got one chance".

"I can't wait 'til Tuesday", Durant said.

Paul, a 13-year NBA veteran and nine-time All-Star who has never played in the NBA Finals, was a key factor in the game four and game five victories that put the Rockets on the brink of advancing. "He's just been haunted by these types of injuries in his career, and it's a shame", Kerr said. Surely enough, Houston has taken a 3-2 series lead, and the Warriors haven't swept a postseason series.

It's worth watching early on to see if the tweak to his knee suffered in Game 6 has any impact - he scored 12 points after it in that game, but it's possible it tightened up after his body cooled down.

This time he scored 35 points with nine 3-pointers as the Warriors rallied with a huge second half to beat the Rockets 115-86 on Saturday night to force a deciding game in the Western Conference finals.

"We just didn't want to go out like that", Thompson said. However, Houston is moving forward with the mindset that getting Paul back would be a major bonus.

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