There's no way of knowing Paul's status for game 7 until he tests out the hamstring, and D'Antoni said the team will reevaluate Paul on Monday morning and probably Monday afternoon as well. The Rockets, thanks to some stifling Warriors defense as well as sloppy ballhandling, scored just 25 points in the second half on Saturday. In those 168 combined possessions, Harden has 86 points on 30-67 shooting (10-26 from three). Every team gets frustrated with Harden's free-throw attempt numbers, so the onus will be on Green and, to a lesser extent, Durant to limit him. Tough to win against a good team like the Warriors when you give the ball away. Look at game seven between Boston and Cleveland. Houston went 65-17 during the regular season, including 15-9 in games in which Paul didn't play. Let's just get that out there. Don't be shocked if he starts Game 7 for Golden State. Hopefully, the Rockets will get some of the benefit of that on Monday.
What's better than game seven? It's easier to go with the Warriors if Chris Paul is ruled out for tonight's game.
If the Rockets manage to pull off the upset in front of their home-court crowd, there is hope for a competitive finals series after all, with Paul still rehabbing. It sounds like a good idea, the National Basketball Association forcing long playoff series, except it just isn't true.
Whatever happened to EG3 in the second half, he was lights out in the first, hitting threes and getting to the basket. If he is able to play, the Rockets will have a strong chance to take down the Warriors in front of their home fans. The Rockets responded to a 41-point loss in Game 3 - the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history - by winning the next two games to put the defending-champion Warriors on the brink of elimination. "When you want a game so bad, the energy in the building and how we were trying to claw our way back into it defensively, that affected my offensive game". And that is exactly where we find ourselves. The Warriors were at their best with Bell as the fifth man with the four All-Stars, he brought an energy and athleticism that made things flow on both ends.