There's no guarantee that if the Rockets do all of this they can still win Game 7. Houston pushed the Warriors to where only their best was enough. Thompson gets a steal, and dumps it to Draymond, who makes the layup. He chanced a second-half stint in Game 6 with all three of Curry, Thompson and Green on the bench. Those were the problems that plagued them last postseason, and the ones Paul was able to stymie this time around. Eric Gordon, starting in place of Paul, already has eight points for Houston, while Trevor Ariza has added another five. Giannis Antetokounmpo was second with only 641.
Expect a lot more of Eric Gordon, who has had a very good series and will need to be even better to give Houston a chance. Upcoming Matches: The western conference finals series gets underway on Monday night, 14th May 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston. It used to be he struggled to shake off a bad night, or even a bad start to a game. Golden State also trailed by 17 at the end of the first quarter and by 10 at the half in Game 6 before. Sam Amick: No Paul means the Rockets have no shot.
If Golden State wins five more games, the most important variable in that happening may well have been Paul's injury. Greg Rajan is the senior editor for Texas Sports Nation, the Houston Chronicle's premium sports website. After Golden State scored the first four points, Houston went on a 13-2 run. It looked like the Warriors had landed their traditional third-quarter haymaker with an 11-0 run to take the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the game. Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 58-53 after a 3-pointer by Nick Young with about eight minutes left in the quarter.
Problem: Green's man Capela anticipates a switch and lingers near Curry. Nothing guarantees they will ever be five wins from the title again in the Harden era. Can the Warriors duplicate that effort in Game 7? Watch him use his step to draw in the defense and then hit P. They dominated with the effort plays, the battles for loose balls and offensive rebounds that fueled their run to a lead that reached 15, the third-consecutive game in the series in which the Rockets led the reigning champions by double digits. But there was something different about Golden State's alchemy Saturday -- something beyond shot-making.
He inspires more fear with the ball in his hands than anyone but LeBron. Let's see how James Harden adjusts without Chris Paul by his side. The Rockets were so ferocious in chasing loose balls, the Warriors had 10 turnovers in the half. Klay Thompson had three personals in the first quarter alone, while Curry shot just 2-of-6 from range in the first two quarters. Should be a lot of fun. But Durant scored six points in a 9-2 spurt after that which left the Warriors 97-85 with about three minutes to go. Another of their All-Stars, , went 5 of 13 from the field with five turnovers.
Love was officially ruled out of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night after he was placed in the concussion protocol Saturday. Looney misses both free throw attempts, so it was a good foul. Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home. I've been working in the realm of sports my entire career, starting as a breaking news writer right out of Arizona State University. Then, when the fourth quarter came along, and buried a tired Rockets lineup.
By the time the fourth had ended, Golden State had outscored Houston 31-9 — putting this game to bed long before the final whistle. If the Rockets are going to continue this short rotation then they need to find a better time to get their players rest. He shot a miserable 6-for-17 from the floor. Before you shout that those four haven't played their best in this series, individually or together, and that if they had, this would have ended a 4-1 whitewash, know that is the point: Ruts happen. Draymond Green took only three shots, but he filled up the box score with 10 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks and four steals.
He only had two in the second half. It's a win-or-go-home situation now. After a dreadful start, the Warriors had heated up, with Klay Thomson scoring 10 second-quarter points after early foul trouble had put him on the bench early. And while it seemed crazy to think McCaw would actually get significant minutes in such a huge spot — with Golden State trailing 3-2 in this best-of-seven series — Kerr went out of his way to avoid ruling out the possibility. Two titles in four years, with this talent, would count as a disappointment. Regardless of where he is, Capela has to be impactful on offense for Houston to have any chance without Paul.