Adam Wexler: How do Rockets force a Game 7 vs Warriors?

May JohnsonMay 11, 2019

Strategy wise, the Rockets made the adjustment of the playoffs by inserting PJ Tucker as the small ball center in most Houston lineups, which does not allow the Warriors to seek out and attack Clint Capela on the defensive end.

"Defensively is how you win the series", he said. He's shooting an insane 42 percent from three-point range, 56 percent from the field, and 90.1 percent from the free-throw line. And, the Rockets are trying to match that pace that KD and the Warriors were playing with through the first five games of the series. "They trust each other; they've won championships together". "We've got a lot of competitors on this team that play with great heart".

"If Kevin is out, what you saw in the fourth quarter is what you're going to have to see going forward", Kerr said.

Paul just turned 34, his Hall of Fame career is entering its final chapter - he shot 3-of-14 in Game 5 - and he will continue to occupy Houston's other maximum salary slot for another three years.

When Durant exited Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals with a calf injury, Houston had a chance to head home with a 3-2 series lead against the back-to-back defending champions.

His status after game 6 is unknown as a potential game 7 would be back in Golden State on Sunday.

Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly on his right foot following a baseline jumper with 2:11 left in the quarter. The Warriors flew home from Houston later Tuesday so players could receive treatment and have some recovery time, and then it was back on the airplane Thursday.

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"It's the playoffs, it's the ultimate test".

As these teams prepare for Game 6 of the conference semifinals Friday night, the Warriors find themselves in nearly the same situation Houston was in a year ago. "We'll have to reconfigure the rotation".

Durant has been one of if not the best player in the playoffs thus far. Look for a by-committee approach, with centre Kevon Looney, guard Shaun Livingston, and wings Jonas Jerebko and Alfonzo McKinnie all pitching in to fill the void.

Curry and the rest of the Warriors were thankful Durant wasn't more seriously hurt. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Curry must re-emerge as the alpha scorer and lead playmaker, running more pick-and-rolls and taking on a heavier shot load.

Harden is a big part of that this series, averaging 39.5 points per game in Houston, while popping for just 31.7 points per game in the three games in Oakland.

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