Monday, 22 October, 2018

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

Kawakami The small unit for the biggest game? It’s probably time for the Warriors to do what they do best Kawakami The small unit for the biggest game? It’s probably time for the Warriors to do what they do best
Jennie Wade | 28 May, 2018, 19:25

"His spirits aren't great", coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"He'll be evaluated tomorrow". If he isn't, we have enough guys, it's time for somebody else to step up. "We'll be all right".

The Houston Rockets beat defending champions the Golden State Warriors 98-94 in game five of the Western Conference series to be a win away from the National Basketball Association finals.

Paul is in the conference finals for the first time after failing to advance past the second round in nine previous postseason trips.

And while it's unlikely that Rockets' star Chris Paul will play - if he does play, it's hard to imagine that he'll be in any way effective - the Rockets have the presumptive MVP in James Harden and role players who have proven that they can rise to the occasion multiple times before in this series. "He wanted to be out there, and for sure he's anxious".

"That's not our focus", Green said. "We're still confident. We're a confident group, and we've just got one chance". "The play was unfolding nicely, it just didn't turn out obviously".

Paul was injured in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's victory that gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Golden State, whose streak of 16 straight home playoff wins was halted by the Rockets on Tuesday, will try to fend off elimination when they host game six on Saturday.

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"That might sound insane", Kerr said. We know what we have to do.

The Rockets are now one win away from being the first team other than the Warriors to represent the West in the NBA Finals since 2014.

Houston must keep the run relatively short - 11-0, 15-3 - and not lose their heads, just keep playing their game. "I'm just missing shots". "It won't go down as a classic, but it should go down as a hard-fought win". A bruised left knee kept Andre Iguodala out for the second straight game, and Kevon Looney started in his place.

The Rockets were clinging to a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Durant fouled Gordon on a 3-point attempt, losing one of his shoes in the process. They force the most talented team into the league into a position of compromise. "We just feel like we play defense, (lock) down and make it tough for them".

D'Antoni was alluding to Paul's 18-point second half, which included four three-pointers. Paul has delivered for the Rockets in this series, hitting several big shots in the past two games. He made 11 of 13 shots from the field in the second half, including four out of five from beyond the arc. Golden State has scored 94 points or fewer in consecutive contests for only the second time this season, and if there's any movement away from the ball, it looks like guys are running through mud.

"I think we figured out something on the offensive end tonight", Green said. We come out there and are too relaxed and too satisfied, that's when teams creep back in.

"Anybody says to beat Golden State they talk about scoring 120, 130 points", Tucker said.

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