Paul missed out on Game 6 after he injured his right hamstring late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Thursday night when he landed after a missed jump shot. In a series that has swung wildly in favor of whoever was the home team that night, the season comes down to one game for these two team.
It seems as though the team actually does have no idea about how Paul's recovery is going to progress these next handful of hours before game 7. A Warriors team that played a bit too hyped up in the first half calmed down for the second, and a Rockets team that won the turnover battle in its wins in Games 4 and 5 became sloppy, coughing up the ball 21 times. Game 6 began as if the Rockets would punch their ticket to the next round, but the Warriors recovered with a phenomenal second-half performance to prolong their season. Last year, the Warriors clinched the championship in only five games, not ideal from a network or advertiser point of view, so that kind of one-sided Finals series is always possible. We know what we have to do.
The Rockets led 39-22 after the first quarter behind four early threes from Eric Gordon. Considering the ups and downs of this series and the mystique of the Warriors, it's about the best thing we can hope for.
"When we do that and we rotate and help each other, we're the best defense team in the league". After hitting 8-of-9 free throws in the first half, he didn't go to the line again. "We still made mistakes, but we've just got to put a string of 48 minutes together". He was a flawless 37-for-37 from the line in the series through five games, and then missed four (10-of-14) free throws.
"More than anything, I feel bad for Chris", Kerr said.
"There's no pressure. It's an opportunity, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of", he said. "So, for us, that's our challenge to have the same mentality we had for the last 36 minutes of tonight and bring that from the jump in Game 7". "At the same time, we'll rally and do what's right", D'Antoni said.