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Mike D'Antoni Says Chris Paul Is 'Doubtful' to Play Game 7

29 May, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Thompson For both the Warriors and Rockets Game 7 all comes down to 3-point shooting

In one atrocious stretch during the third and four quarter, the Rockets missed 26 3-pointers in a row.

The 2018 NBA Finals between the Cavs and the Warriors will kick off this Thursday at Oracle Arena, as Golden State owns the home-court advantage in the series.

"I thought we had good looks", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said after the game.

Curry scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, when he also dished out half of his 10 assists. 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.

"Monday", he said. "Please don't miss a game".

During the regular season, Houston set the record for most made threes in a season, topping the mark the team set last season.

And since Paul was relegated to a sideline motivator role for the final two games, the burden Harden carries into the offseason for this latest setback is magnified.

Golden State never opened as anywhere close to this big of favorite in the previous three Finals meetings with Cleveland. "We knew it was a long shot".

"He's frustrated", Kerr said.

Tucker's 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83. Durant led the Warriors in those outings in which the former league MVP averaged 28.5 points.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star point guard, missed the final two games of the Western Conference finals after injuring his hamstring in the final minute of Houston's Game 5 win. ESPN's Conference Finals coverage averaged a 6.3 metered market rating, up 37 percent from the same matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago and up 34 percent from its Western Conference Finals coverage in 2017. Draymond Green rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 7 on Monday.

The third quarter has become the "death quarter" for the Warriors. Golden State is basically unbeatable coming off halftime. The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit either the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets in Game 1. So it's extremely frustrating ... we had an opportunity tonight and last game without Chris. Thompson picked up his third foul with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat out most of the period.

The absence of Chris Paul was sorely felt as the Rockets' reliably fertile 3-point ground suddenly turned barren and sour. Durant finished with 34 points on 11-of-21 shooting, scoring 21 in the second half.

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