His right hamstring strain could not only shift the balance of the Western Conference Finals, it might impact which team hoists the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the NBA Finals and this postseason marred by injuries. The Lakers won that game running away, 126-70, and took the series in five games.
Apparently, the answer is going down 17 to the Houston Rockets in a playoff elimination game.
The most obvious piece of advice you can give the Rockets right now is to get out in transition.More news: Storm Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast
Whether Paul plays or not, the Warriors have likely dodged their toughest competition at the very last moment en route to defend their crown. Look at game seven between Boston and Cleveland.
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Officiating was not to blame for the Rockets loss in game six. In Game 6, coach Steve Kerr let Thompson loose, and the result was a dominant 35-point showing on 9-for-14 3-point shooting. Hopefully, the Rockets will get some of the benefit of that on Monday.
For the second straight night, National Basketball Association fans will be treated to a Game 7. "We knew it was a long shot", D'Antoni said.More news: REPEAL THE 8th: COMING HOME FOR A YES VOTE
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It is probable that Paul wouldn't be 100 percent in time for the finals even if he rested for Game 7. Curry and Thompson shot well the entire second half, but they ended any chance at a comeback in those first six minutes.
Paul's absence is notable for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, for as good as he was in the first half, he was shut down in the second, but so were all the Rockets not named James Harden.
Golden State is attempting to reach the finals for the fourth straight year, while Houston seeks to break a two-decade drought in reaching the NBA's biggest stage. And that is exactly where we find ourselves.More news: Bale sinks Liverpool dreams in Champions League final