Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

National Basketball Association champion Warriors' miscues put them on brink of playoff elimination

National Basketball Association champion Warriors' miscues put them on brink of playoff elimination

The Houston Rockets will be without star guard Chris Paul for Game 6 because of a strained hamstring, a huge blow for a team trying to close out the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are talking the talk that they don't feel added pressure being down 3-2 in the seven-game series, but they do have a legacy to maintain and that doesn't include losing before the NBA Finals even if the Rockets were the top seed in the West. If the Warriors force a Game 7, it will be held Monday night in Houston. "We've got to win two basketball games and we've done that an terrible lot, so we're very confident". "But great opportunity for other guys and we have plenty to choose from and we'll be ready". "We'll just continue to take it day-to-day". It is a journey that has attracted a lot of attention - last night's Game 5 pulled in a 7.0 in metered market ratings for TNT.

Chris Paul will miss the game that could put his team in the NBA Finals. Now, its importance will once again be on display as the Rockets try to advance to the Finals without one of their two best players. "We want to take advantage of it". But he did address what it would mean to Golden State if he's healthy enough to go on Saturday.

He started 30 games this season while Paul and James Harden dealt with injuries. By getting Golden State to the NBA Finals, and helping them win back-to-back games for the first time in this series against a gifted Rockets' team, those doubts can be erased. The Warriors have never lost three consecutive games in which both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have played together. The Rockets' defense can keep the game within reach for the first half, but they won't be able to survive one of the Warriors' third-quarter scoring barrages if Paul is sidelined.

It appears the Golden State Warriors are going to get a little extra depth on their bench for Game 6, with Pat McCaw expected to be activated.

Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this postseason.

The Rockets have no similarly poor shooter - they led the league in points per possession during the regular season.

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