Rockets point guard Chris Paul's right hamstring injury suffered in Friday's (AEST) Game 5 win over the Warriors will force him to miss Sunday's Game 6, the team announced on Saturday morning. It did not help the Warriors missed key veteran Andre Iguodala for the second consecutive game with a left knee injury.
The defending champions will need to win Game Six at home on Sunday and a Game Seven in Houston to get back to the finals, but Kerr, believe it or not, likes where his team is right now.
It looked as if the Warriors would be cruising to a 3-1 series lead through the first three quarters of Game 4 two nights ago. But coach Steve Kerr says that Thompson will play.
Game 5 was a barnburner between the top two teams in the Western Conference this year, and was the closest game we've had these Conference Finals, both in the East and West. "But if we've got a guy like Eric Gordon making shots and being aggressive, who cares?" Gordon averaged 21.5 points and 3.4 assists in 30 games as a fill-in starter this season.More news: Millions to hit the roads for the holiday weekend
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We saw the Warriors run out of gas in the fourth quarter of Game 4 - weird rotations and poor time management playing a big role in a 12-point fourth quarter and a stunning loss the evened the series at two games apiece. "I'm just missing shots, but we're winning".
The Warriors have won two out of the last three National Basketball Association titles and are widely considered to be the best team in the league since the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls.
The Celtics are one win away from going to the NBA Finals, as they lead the Cavs 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
The Warriors are now one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday at Oracle Arena. After Paul was ruled out, the Warriors were listed as high as 12-point favorites over the Rockets.
And to think, plenty anticipated the Warriors and Rockets would trade baskets in this series. And this time, they just might take advantage.