National Basketball Association playoffs wrap 2018: Rockets pushes Warriors to brink of elimination

National Basketball Association playoffs wrap 2018: Rockets pushes Warriors to brink of elimination

The Golden State Warriors, tied 2-2 in the best of seven NBA Western Conference Finals playoff series, met the Houston Rockets in Game 5 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, May 24, 2018 (5/24/18).

The Houston Rockets will be without star guard Chris Paul for Game 6 because of a strained hamstring, a huge blow for a team trying to close out the Golden State Warriors.

Paul is receiving treatment "around the clock", according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

"He'll be evaluated tomorrow, but obviously you saw him limp off, and he's a tough guy", D'Antoni said. "They'll do whatever they can do".

Now that we've got that out of the way, the real question is - what would the Rockets' nickname be? We don't have no insane like superstars on this group right now, but we make it work because we play hard and we play together and we stay together.

The nine-time All-Star followed up a dominant Game 4 (27 points on 50 percent shooting) with some of the biggest second-half buckets in Thursday's 98-94 win, scoring 18 of his 20 points after intermission.

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Kerr said Iguodala, who sat out Tuesday's game with a sore left knee after banging knees with the Rockets' James Harden in the Warriors' blowout win in Game 3 on Sunday, is feeling better and making progress.

Eric Gordon, starting in place of Paul, had 19 points, Trevor Ariza 14 and Gerald Green 11 for the Rockets, who shot 40.3 percent from the field. But for all the talk of the Rockets' scheme and how it has worked wonders so far, the overlooked truth is that they're simply outworking the Warriors. "I think he's going to be fine".

In what must have been approached as an elimination game, JustBet $1.60 favourites Golden State, who were previously 7-0 at home all-time against Houston in the playoffs, will now play their longest play-off round this year after closing out the first two rounds in five games. Houston was already operating on a thin margin; the Rockets have essentially employed a six-man rotation the past two games, with Gerald Green getting about 15 minutes as the seventh man.

Then it's the Houston Rockets' turn as they try to unseat the Golden State Warriors-perhaps without a healthy Chris Paul. Houston's James Harden threw some counterpunches, but the Warriors were in command by the end of the quarter.

The Warriors are now one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday at Oracle Arena. Houston's small-ball lineups have forced Kerr to do away with playing bigs such as Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West, players who have been in the regular rotation for much of the season. When the Warriors took game one in Houston, I jumped on the idea of them taking the series in five games. I'm not going to say we want it more than them, but I'll tell you, we're desperate. "I didn't see that".

Through four games, the team that scores the most points on fast breaks has won each game. ". I learned, as I get older, if you play with passion, you play hard, and you leave the game saying I gave everything I have tonight in those 48 minutes, you can live with the result".

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