Chris Paul injury: Rockets guard out for Game 6 vs. Warriors

Jo Caldwell
May 26, 2018

They almost are at the top of the mountain, but the hardest part has gotten a whole lot harder.

Paul scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to help Houston take a 3-2 series lead.

According to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, Paul was optimistic about playing in Game 6 as he left the arena after Thursday's win.

That sense of destiny has been put on hold thanks to the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets, who now both find themselves in control of their respective conference finals series over those aforementioned teams.

Said Green: "I've got a lot of confidence in us living rather than dying, so we'll be fine".

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Without Paul, expect Harden to run the show for Houston, as he did all of last season.

"It's obviously not something we wanted", D'Antoni said before Friday's practice.

James Harden contributed to the cause for Houston with 14 points on only 5-of-21 shooting, while Kevin Durant led the way for Golden State with a game-high 29 points in a losing effort. The Rockets hold a 3-2 series lead against the defending National Basketball Association champions. "There is pressure on everybody".

An absent or limited Paul would have dire consequences for Houston, given that D'Antoni has utilized a constricted seven-man rotation. Luc Mbah a Moute, Nene, Ryan Anderson, or even Joe Johnson could see minutes as the Rockets try to navigate the reality of being without the nine-time All-Star. Golden State owns a 2-1 edge.

The health of Andre Iguodala should also play a large role in this series, given that they've lost the last two games without a key defender and playmaker on the floor. He's practically won us the past two games. Now he and the Warriors are just waiting on head performance therapist Chelsea Lane to clear Iguodala.

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"Chelsea just needs to tell me that he can play", Kerr said, via the San Jose Mercury News.

The Warriors should feel great heading into Game 6. Houston (65-17) and Golden State (58-24) finished with the top records in the National Basketball Association, while Boston (55-27) and Cleveland (50-32) finished just behind their Western Conference foes.

"He's dying to play, but he's not healthy enough", coach Steve Kerr said Thursday.

And you know what, insane as it sounds, they might have a point.

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