Rockets show no fear on brink of Finals despite losing Chris Paul

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Paul will travel with the Rockets to Oakland, California, for the game, coach Mike D'Antoni said, and will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston. That reevaluation determined that Paul will not play in Game 6, with his status for a possible Game 7 on Monday still undetermined.

"We haven't been in this position it's a chapter we need to figure out and finish the story", Stephen Curry said.

There was Paul on Thursday night, carrying the Houston Rockets in the third quarter, with an array of improbable shots, most notably a double-pump three-pointer as the shot clock expired. "He wanted to be out there, and for sure he's anxious. we'll see tomorrow how it goes". Iguodala is questionable for Game 6 and the Warriors may not be able to afford to go without him, as their offense was completely out of sync during late and close situations during the past two contests. "We've got to win two basketball games and we've done that an bad lot, so we're very confident".

Despite his worries about the injury in the midst of the most important playoff series of his career, Paul still seems confident he will take the floor Saturday night to help the Rockets take down the loaded Warriors squad.

"It will not change anything we do and how we do it", D'Antoni said, although he noted the rotation could expand to eight or nine players.

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Center Clint Capela made a pair of highlight-reel stops at the rim - turning back a Durant layup and rejecting a Draymond Green dunk attempt. If Paul simply can't find a way to play through the pain, should they angle for a "Willis Reed" type emotional lift during Game 7 at home?

The dust settled, the season went on, and Golden State fell in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors opened as a 10.5-point favorite for Game 6 at several sportsbooks.

While the Rockets will be down a starter, the Warriors could get one back if Andre Iguodala can return on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time). Golden State had 18 turnovers.