Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Rockets' Chris Paul Will Miss Game 6 Against Warriors


"I feel great about where we are right now", Kerr told reporters at the end of the game, according to ESPN.

"We've got plenty of guys over there that will have some fresh legs, that's for sure", the coach said.

Asked if there was a chance Paul could return for a potential Game 7, D'Antoni said, "I don't know".

In an National Basketball Association conference playoffs year that has been full of drama, the Houston Rockets' 98-94 victory over current champions the Golden State Warriors on Thursday certainly cranked it up on an otherwise placid primetime.

D'Antoni said Eric Gordon will start in Paul's place. But Paul remembered it, and a couple games later an opportunity for some semblance of retaliation came.

"For us nothing changes", Rockets star James Harden said of Houston's mindset on the brink of the club's first trip to the Finals since winning back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.


Paul, a 13-year NBA veteran who has never played in the NBA Finals, reached for his hamstring after missing a shot in the final minute, limped after that and left the contest with 22.4 seconds remaining and the outcome still in doubt.

The Dubs produced a lethargic performance as they committed 16 turnovers on the night and didn't shoot the ball particularly well.

He has been dealing with soreness in his right foot since late in Game 2. And in a tight game like this one, with so much on the line, it was hard not to notice all the 50-50 plays P.J. Tucker was involved in (similar to what Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday did in the Blazers series, without as much emphasis on his scoring).

Paul logged 38 minutes in Thursday's 98-94 win, notching 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting from the field (4-of-9 from beyond the arc), seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Mike D'Antoni has a big decision to make: Is it really worth even risking CP3 in Game 6 on the road in a game the Warriors are favored by -10.5?

Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul's first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79. A fourth chapter of the Golden State-Cleveland rivalry is in serious jeopardy as both squads stare at 3-2 deficits in their respective series, with neither having home-court advantage.

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