Thompson, Iguodala questionable for Game 5 vs. Rockets

Thompson, Iguodala questionable for Game 5 vs. Rockets

Thompson, Iguodala questionable for Game 5 vs. Rockets

Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination. Now, they've won 3 out of 4 and are one win away from getting to the NBA Finals for the first time in over 20 years. "We've got to prepare like he's going to play". James enjoyed his sixth 40-point game in these play-offs (First player since Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Final in 2001) and the team shot 50.6 per cent from the floor.

The Warriors are 1-1 at home in the Western Conference Finals after losing Game 4 on Tuesday, but they won their previous seven postseason tilts at Oracle Arena before that slip-up.

The status of Rockets point guard Chris Paul looms large on this front, of course, as he is the head of the defensive snake that improved from 18th in defensive rating last season before his arrival to sixth this time around. He averaged 37 minutes over the first five games of the series against Golden State, scoring 47 combined points in victories in games four and five. Harden, who was 0 for 11 on 3s, missed his last one with less than 30 seconds left, giving the Warriors the ball back.

Paul reached for his hamstring after missing a runner with 51.7 seconds left. The Rockets went down the court and hit two free throws to seal the win.

Green was asked what was supposed to happen on the play.

"We was supposed to score", he said. "It's more about chemistry and looking for me, and I've got to be prepared to knock down the shot". "He's just been haunted by these types of injuries in his career, and it's a shame", Kerr said.

"I thought Klay was wonderful tonight, not just the 35 points and the nine 3s but his defense", Kerr said. Iguodala's injury gave Paul all the more opportunity in Game 4, playing a part in his 27-point eruption.

But the Warriors crept within 61-51 at halftime, then used powerful 3-point shooting of their own to pass Houston before the end of the third quarter and pull away early in the fourth. Now, Oh has examined every matchup, every player and every trend for Game 7 of Golden State vs. Houston and locked in his pick. Gordon made all three free throws to start a 7-2 spurt that extended the lead to 88-82 midway through the quarter. But coach Steve Kerr says that Thompson will play. "He's dying to play, but he's not healthy enough", Kerr said. "We just have to continue what we're doing".

Thompson has always been content to be the understated All-Star among the four in Golden State's starting lineup. The Rockets were 11-of-22 from three in the first half of Game 6 and up 10, they need to repeat both that volume and almost that percentage.

The Rockets had made ground in the opening stages, but the visitors were soon at their heels and the teams remained neck-and-neck for most of the game. These Rockets were 14th in pace in the National Basketball Association this season, they are not a D'Antoni seven seconds or less team, they are methodical and hunt mismatches, running only when it suits them.

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