Chris Paul did his best Steph Curry shimmy dance after hitting a shot in his face during the Houston Rockets' Game 5 win against the Golden State Warriors. Afterwards, the Warriors lose the next two games in the series where they could've won as time expired, and then proceed to lose at home despite Houston playing without Chris Paul - marking the first time in the Kerr-era that the Warriors don't reach the NBA Finals. Also picking up the slack was sixth man Eric Gordon, who D'Antoni says will be the team's playmaker should Paul miss Game 6.
"I feel great about where we are right now", Kerr told reporters at the end of the game, according to ESPN. We try to feed that off to [Paul] as well: "Be happy, be ready, get this [hamstring] right, get this thing going and be back in no time". "We'll just continue to take it day to day.". Leonard played in only nine games last season due to a nagging quad injury as rumors surfaced of a growing rift between the two-time All-Star and the championship organization coached by Gregg Popovich.
In what was one of the biggest games in recent memory for the Rockets, there were a few stars in attendance. "We want to take advantage of it". By getting Golden State to the NBA Finals, and helping them win back-to-back games for the first time in this series against a gifted Rockets' team, those doubts can be erased.
With the Rockets clinging to a 2-point lead, Gordon sealed the victory at the foul line.
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Paul has averaged 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 15 games this postseason.
Golden State remains a small favorite, minus-130, to win the series. Mike D'Antoni has a big decision to make: Is it really worth even risking CP3 in Game 6 on the road in a game the Warriors are favored by -10.5? Golden State had 18 turnovers.
The Rockets have no similarly poor shooter - they led the league in points per possession during the regular season.