Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Paul exits game 5 with injury

Paul exits game 5 with injury

Houston easily could have been up by double digits, but they missed a number of open 3s, and Kevin Durant kept the Warriors in the game.

Paul scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to help Houston take a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 victory over the Warriors. Game 5 is not an elimination game, but if the Warriors fall to the Rockets Thursday, they will have to win two straight elimination games to advance to the NBA Finals, with the second of those games, Game 7, coming in Houston.

"He'll be evaluated tomorrow, but obviously you saw him limp off, and he's a tough guy", D'Antoni told Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated. "They'll do whatever they can do".

"We've got plenty of guys over there that will have some fresh legs, that's for sure", the coach said.

No arguing they both appreciate Thompson's no-fear shooting approach and ability to nearly single-handedly turn the tide of a game with a timely 3-pointer or two - or nine.

"His spirits aren't great", D'Antoni admitted. "He wanted to be out there for sure and is anxious and all that". In a series that has swung wildly in favor of whoever was the home team that night, the season comes down to one game for these two team.

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"That's not our focus", Green said.

Guard Klay Thompson is battling a strained left knee, but Kerr said he expects Thompson to play tonight. It requires National Football League players to stand if they are on the field during the performance - or else be subject to a fine.

The series between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors is tied at two games apiece, but the Warriors know they dropped the ball prior to heading into Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday in Houston.

An terrible start followed by three quarters of utter dominance, spot-on shot-making and attractive defense - even against one of the game's greatest and hardest to stop in James Harden. "Probably sounded more vocal than I usually am", Thompson acknowledged.

The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics are shaking the National Basketball Association to its core, both taking a 3-2 lead as the underdog in their respective Conference Finals. Yet here they are in the Western Conference Finals, up 3-2 on the "invincible" Warriors. "If you can't root for him, I think you've got some problems". "It won't go down as a classic, but it should go down as a hard-fought win".

Gordon, who led Houston with 24 points, had his own issues from the field in Game 5 but drained perhaps the biggest shot in the game for Houston, a long 3-pointer off a dish from Harden with 1:21 remaining in the game, to put the Rockets ahead four points - a nice capper to a 6-for-15 evening. Whether the Rockets will have Chris Paul available remains to be seen after the veteran left Game 5 late with an apparent hamstring injury.

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He was 0-of-11 from 3-point range, matching the record set by former New York Knicks shooting guard John Starks in a Game 7 loss to the Rockets in the 1994 NBA Finals.

Speaking after Wednesday's practice at the University of Houston, via ESPN, Green said that the Warriors were "pissed off" about the Game 4 result earlier in the week, but he has confidence that the team will respond in the right matter now that they have their backs against the wall.

"When we were kind of teetering he made two or three threes - that's just his heart". They weren't disrespecting the flag or the military, but our president decided to make it about that. But he made just one of two free throws to give the Warriors another chance.

Klay Thompson shook off a knee injury that had his status for this game in question to score 23 points and Curry added 22.

"We haven't been in this position before.so it's a chapter we need to figure out and finish the story", Stephen Curry said. The Rockets recognize the lives lost in the Santa Fe High School shooting as well as the strength of the first responders, police officers and Santa Fe seniors. And then I've just been amazed at his team defense.

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