NBA Preview: Rockets look to take long-awaited series edge - ESPN 98.1 FM


Houston now lead the series 3-2 and can oust the Warriors with victory at Oakland on Monday, but they will be sweating on an apparent hamstring injury that forced point guard Chris Paul off the floor for the final seconds of this encounter.

Paul is receiving treatment "around the clock", according to coach Mike D'Antoni. Asked specifically about Game 6 on Saturday, Paul said, "Oh, yeah".

"We take it game by game, position by position, try to compete our butts off and give ourselves the best chance".

It's tough to pick this game without knowing the health of Chris Paul. Kevin Durant lead all scorers with 29, but it was some late sloppy play that handed the Rockets' the critical win. Just like Cleveland in the East, a run of three straight trips to the championship round is on the verge of ending.

He has totaled 47 points in the last two games - both Houston wins - to allow the Rockets to come back from a 2-1 deficit. Harden, who was 0 for 11 on 3s, missed his last one with less than 30 seconds left, giving the Warriors the ball back. Clint Capela. Trevor Ariza.

The Warriors need one, maybe both, of those two on the court.

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Nothing is supposed to come easy in the National Basketball Association, even if certain players can make it look that way.

"We were great in the regular season on the road", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

"I just wanted to play with as much passion as I could tonight".

"I like to see the Celtics and the Rockets [in the Finals] just for a change in culture", said Cauley-Stein, who was in town two weeks ago for the Jr. With so many missed opportunities to score, they should have come out of this game with the win, but they didn't.

In Game 4, Golden State outscored Houston by 20 in the 31 minutes Stephen Curry, Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green played together. Iguodala suffered his injury in Game 3 after knocking knees with Rockets guard James Harden.

Fans watch the action in the first half of the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on November 14, 2014 in Houston, Texas. For most of the game, the Warriors lacked their usual fluidity on offense. Kerr listed Iguodala as day to day because there's still pain in the knee when running. "We just collectively find a way to win". Curry made four free throws to tie Rick Barry for most free throws made in the playoffs in franchise history with 378. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. James was dominant, scoring 44 points on 17-of-28 shooting with five rebounds and three assists. Houston made 13 of 43 3-pointers, led by four from Gordon. Barring a Game 3 blowout, the two teams have mostly been evenly matched throughout the entire series.