Should the Warriors win Saturday, Game 7 will be Monday back in Houston. Houston, which holds a 3-2 lead in the series, will have to try to put away the defending champions without one of its best players.
Head coach Mike D'Antoni said Friday morning that Eric Gordon, who had a team-high 24 points in Game 5, will replace Paul in the lineup. "He'll be evaluated tomorrow", D'Antoni told Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver. To wit: here's Chris Paul knocking down a desperation three in Stephen Curry's eye, then doing the Warriors star's signature celebration to rub it in.
The Rockets' other leader, Chris Paul, was on the bench for the final 22.4 seconds due to a right hamstring injury.
The injury occurred with around 50 seconds left in Game 5.
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.
12 of 21 might not seem great in elimination games, but since the final game of the 2011 finals, he has been even better.
"We know what we're capable of, we know that we can win two games", Green said.
While everyone has been pitching in, the tone on defense, especially in these last two games, has been set by the aggressive play of P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza, and Clint Capela's presence at the rim. "We'll just continue to take it day to day.".