Warriors' outburst sinks Rockets, forces game seven

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The Rockets did not rule Paul out until an hour and 45 minutes before tipoff.

"More than anything, I feel bad for Chris", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said before Game 6. Paul suffered the injury in the final minute of the Warriors' Game 5 loss in Houston last week. It's no surprise to see the Warriors are favored to advance despite being on the road. After struggling to run back on defense, Paul paced around before leaving the game.

Added D'Antoni: "So we've got what we want, now it's up to us to go get it. I knew it was a long shot as soon as it happened". Gordon was excellent in Chris Paul's absence this season and that continued into the playoffs.

In Houston's three wins in this series, James Harden is averaging 25.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 3-pointers while shooting 35.2% from the field and 15.8% from three. Game 6 began as if the Rockets would punch their ticket to the next round, but the Warriors recovered with a phenomenal second-half performance to prolong their season.

Paul struggled staying healthy during his 13-year National Basketball Association career.

It's a devastating blow for Paul, as his injury will keep him on the bench with an NBA Finals berth on the line. The Clippers fell to the Trail Blazers in six games after nursing a 2-0 series lead.

"He's just been getting treatment and trying to make sure it calms down and everything", D'Antoni said.

"We're not going to be coy with it", D'Antoni said.

If the Houston Rockets dethrone the Golden State Warriors tonight, they will do so without their point guard. That could have been Houston's best shot at winning the series, but the Rockets have responded to every loss in this postseason with a win. On Monday night, the airwaves are a little more crowded than on Sunday, with ABC airing a new Bachelorette, Fox running two bonus episodes of the just-canceled Lucifer, and NBC offering Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. "But that doesn't mean they're not capable. We're still confident. We're a confident group, and we've just got one chance".

And, if it is, there will be one reason for it: the Warriors' hubris will have finally caught up with them.

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