Warriors force Game 7 with 115-86 rout of Rockets

Ruben Holloway
May 28, 2018

Simply put, the Rockets can't turn the ball over almost as much in Game 7 if they are to win this game.

Regardless, to a vocal contingent of the Warriors' fan base, even the possibility of the Warriors falling to the Rockets in this series is justification for a massive shake-up of this team.

Paul missed out on Game 6 after he injured his right hamstring late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Thursday night when he landed after a missed jump shot.

The Warriors trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half Saturday night before using a splendid second half to roll to a 115-86 victory. Then they got outscored by Golden State's Splash Brothers in the second half, when Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 37 points and the Rockets managed to put up only 25.

This news comes after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that sources say Paul's chance of a return is "less likely than likely".

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In every game in this series, the team with the fewest turnovers has won.

Game 7 will be on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in Houston, and Thompson said the Warriors will be ready. "When you want a game so bad, the energy in the building and how we were trying to claw our way back into it defensively, that affected my offensive game".

For just a while, it seemed like maybe, just maybe, we were headed for the unthinkable. Inside the National Basketball Association will air following Game 7. Meanwhile, the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss.

When the officiating started to get weird in the third quarter, the typical game seven conspiracy theorists began to come out on Twitter.

D'Antoni said the Rockets would not attempt gamesmanship by keeping Paul's status under wraps after a decision is made Monday.

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"I've tried my best all year to try and not talk about their age", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Game 6. "Kind of play it by ear right now", D'Antoni added. "I'll question him tonight and I'll tell him that he's playing".

Houston will host Golden State on Monday at 9 p.m. ET at the Toyota Center. "I remember one time actually losing a game against the Nuggets and leaving the arena in my uniform I was so mad".

"There's no pressure. It's an opportunity, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of", he said.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he had "no idea" if Paul could recover in time to play in Game 7.

I'll be honest. I'm embarrassed with how the Houston Rockets played in Game 6. Game 7 in H-Town: "Let's get it".

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