That's regardless, Game 7, Game 1, a game in November, whatever the case may be...
Klay Thompson was sensational, scoring 21 of his game-high 35 points in the second half, including seven of his nine three-pointers in the contest. What's still to be determined is whether or not Chris Paul will be available to play for Houston.
A dynamic, star-studded series projected to be as captivating and compelling as the actual NBA Finals is going the distance.
The teams will face off for game seven Monday night at 8 p.m.
But Golden State came back strong in the third quarter, going 7-for-11 from three. In a series that has swung wildly in favor of whoever was the home team that night, the season comes down to one game for these two team. In Game 5, only five points.
"I don't want to go home", said Thompson, who made 9 triples. "It's our job to go out there and have fun with it and do the same thing we've been doing". Early on, we couldn't believe what we were seeing.
Harden led the Rockets with 32 points but had just 10 in the second half.
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.
No arguing they both appreciate Thompson's no-fear shooting approach and ability to nearly single-handedly turn the tide of a game with a timely 3-pointer or two - or nine. Curry did it again moments later from deep.
Yellow-clad Oracle came alive, too.
Golden State made big moves in the second half, making it obvious they were ready to stretch the series out to Game 7. Harden shot 4 for 12 on 3s. The Warriors shot 4 for 18 in the first half from long range.
Chris Paul ruled out for Game 6 of WCF, status unknown for Game 7
For starters, Golden State, in an effort to force the Rockets into defensive catch-22s, has begun leaning considerably on pick-and-pop sets in which Thompson comes over to set a screen for either Curry or Durant. Chris Paul injured his hamstring in the closing minute of the fourth quarter and was quickly ruled out for tonight's Game 6.
Kevin Durant is excited about helping the Warriors return to the finals, but he got a little confused on when Game 7 was on Saturday night. Kerr listed Iguodala as day to day because there's still pain in the knee when running.
Having him on hand still meant so much.
"He's devastated. He has to be".
D'Antoni acknowledged that Paul is "devastated" by the setback and described the rest of the Rockets as "devastated for him". As soon as we know we'll say it, but we might not know until afternoon, and see how it goes or he tests it out.
Ask Warriors coach Steve Kerr about Thompson, and the infatuation is immediately apparent. "He's just been haunted by these types of injuries in his career, and it's a shame", Kerr said. "You get these guys on a roll, and they can hurt you". I hate when Andre got hurt. From the Celtics' perspective, they just need to make him work hard for them.
Saturday, May 26: Houston at Golden State, 9 p.m.
They are aiming for a fourth successive National Basketball Association finals appearance, while Houston last made the finals in 1995.
The Rockets, meanwhile, have wasted no time disposing of vulnerable opponents this postseason, eliminating Minnesota in the first round and Utah in the Western semifinals at first crack after going up 3-1 in each series.
"I was not always like this", he said. We'll see if they can carry that into Game 7. TNT is included in the Hulu Live TV package so you'll be able to quickly join in time to watch Rockets Warriors Game 6 online. However, Houston is moving forward with the mindset that getting Paul back would be a major bonus. "It's a bone bruise, there's not sort of a timetable, it's more just up to the individual and how he's feeling, and we don't really know". "Not all is lost". That's my pregame meal, so I'm up two games - well, the three games here, that's what I ate before the game.
But Houston gradually faded, with D'Antoni using only seven players until its deficit reached 20 points. For the first few minutes, it looked like they were prepared to do the impossible.
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