Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 6 vs. Rockets

Lawrence Cooper
May 29, 2018

With their backs up against the wall, many expected the Golden State Warriors to come out firing against the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. "There's no way." The nine-time All-Star got hurt late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 and missed the Rockets' 115-86 loss on Saturday.

Heading into Game 7, all eyes will be on Paul.

Again, NBA history was made at the Warriors' expense.

With Paul wearing warm-ups and watching from the bench, the Rockets roared out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and led by 10 at halftime. Based on how the last two games had gone - with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games - it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors.

Houston may have a problem going into Monday's Game 7 at home: The team that finished the regular season with the best record in the league struggled to get its offense going with the absence of injured star point guard Chris Paul. If he were to play anyhow, it could affect his ability for the finals, as well as long-term health.

The under is 4-0 in the last four Warriors games overall. In the 2016 National Basketball Association playoffs, Paul broke a bone in his right hand in Game 4 of the Clippers' first-round series against Portland. He is an important "glue guy" for Golden State, but Steve Kerr still has Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green at full strength.

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Paul is likely on the same page, given both his reputable competitiveness and long-time rivalry with the Warriors. Just nature's got to take care of it.

Risking permanent damage by playing thru the injury may not be worthwhile.

Obviously, if each player is physically able to play, they'll be out on the court for such a crucial game. I really hoped they would win that game, especially after a hot first half. It's easier to go with the Warriors if Chris Paul is ruled out for tonight's game.

Paul is in sports hell. Rockets guard Eric Gordon started in Paul's place and had 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting. But he may have no choice.

Plus, while James remains a marquee draw, as do the Warriors, another meeting between them this year would make four straight Warriors-Cavs Finals.

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