Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from Game 6 vs. Warriors

28 May, 2018, 07:41 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson celebrates during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland Calif. Saturday

On Monday night, we will know whether the Rockets or the Golden State Warriors will make it to the NBA Finals.

The Warriors used another of their signature third quarters to take an 84-77 advantage going into the final 12 minutes, then maintained that dominant level this time down the stretch, unlike their last home game at roaring Oracle Arena when they blew it in Game 4 on Tuesday.

Trailing the Rockets by only seven points midway through the second quarter, the Warriors couldn't keep up and went into halftime down 61-51. And roaring Oracle Arena went insane with hopes of even more home games to come if Golden State can get to a fourth straight finals. And they did. Stephen Curry started making shots and Klay Thompson exploded, netting 35 points. He starred in Houston's past two wins, averaging 23.5 points in those games and keying the Rockets' comeback in the fourth quarter of Game 4. With Andre Iguodala sidelined the past two games with a left lateral leg contusion, Nick Young and Quinn Cook - two players Kerr would probably prefer not to play on such a big stage - have earned meaningful minutes.

"All our doctors are with us", D'Antoni said, explaining why Paul traveled for Game 6 after he had been ruled out. Warriors show grit, force Game 7 against Rockets " I've been nervous all day and I've been praying all day", said Angie Gill of South San Francisco.

Will we be getting Chris Paul for that Game 7?

Somehow, Steve Kerr found out during his media session.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates with guard Klay Thompson during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland Calif. Saturday

The 2018 Western Conference Finals are going to a seventh game.

The other Game 7, on TNT, will be Monday night in Houston between the Rockets and Steph Curry's defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

The team that was built precisely to outgun Golden State four times in a playoff series couldn't miss in a game nobody thought they could win. We're going to do what we've got to do to win this game.

Boston gets their points by committee, they get the ball to the open man and he has to knock the shot down, whether it's Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown or Terry Rozier or Al Horford or anyone else. The Warriors have been lulled into mismatch attacking over the past two games of the series but they did it in a much more uptempo and free-flowing way in this game. They went on to win Game 7 before falling to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a seven-game NBA Finals.

A big price was paid by Houston for winning Game 5 by a final score of 98-94 and taking a 3-2 lead in the series. "We've got too much talent not just to hit singles like Coach always says".

The Rockets missed Chris Paul.

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