Paul receiving regular treatment to return for Rockets

Ruben Hill
May 27, 2018

The Houston Rockets opened up a 17-point edge after one period, couldn't miss and led the Golden State Warriors by 10 going into half of Game 6 on Saturday night, a contest Golden State had to have to keep its season alive.

The MVP of the league most likely will be James Harden, who shot 10 of 24 from the field, scored 32 points and had nine assists and nine turnovers. Or maybe the Warriors were waiting for the third quarter, their sacred window of dominance, so they could send Houston reeling home into a Game 7.

The NBA official pushed a metal box on wheels to the Houston Rockets' locker room, early in the fourth quarter, on Saturday at Oracle Arena.

The Rockets will have home-court advantage and their fans will create a raucous environment at the Toyota Center, but it will be extremely hard to take down the Warriors in a Game 7 without CP3.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he had "no idea" if Paul could recover in time to play in Game 7. But the final score of 115-86 was not at all indicative of how the game went for the first three quarters. "And this is what we play for".

The Rockets earned the right to play Game 7 at home by rolling to the NBA's best record. Despite missing Chris Paul with his hamstring injury suffered in the final minute of Game 5, the Rockets came out blazing.

Green posted the 21st 5-by-4 game in National Basketball Association playoff history Saturday - one point and one steal away from the first ever 5-by-5 game in the league's playoff history.

First, the lapses: Instead of playing with the kind of desperation and hustle needed to avoid elimination, the Warriors played with regular-season sluggishness. Kevin Durant is a better scorer with a bigger toolbox. There are a few ways to counter a switching defense and one is a creative ballhandler who can still make plays - not just isolation plays, but who can create a little space and find guys moving off the ball despite the pressure. But when you have a Warriors' team that dominates the third quarter plus a Houston Rockets that reacts in frustration and loses control to allow a butt-whooping, you get angry and mad. Kevon Looney has started for Iguodala in all three games.

Did they have one more explosive third quarter Saturday?

The Warriors stared at the end of their dynasty and said no to that.

For Thompson, the only thing that matters is those 48 minutes in front of him, and how he plays in them.

So it was important Green be given liberty to roam on the defensive end Game 6 - to be in the fray. Curry was motivated by those words and added afterward that, "We haven't had this chapter in our story yet".

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