Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Rockets a step closer to dethroning Warriors

Rockets a step closer to dethroning Warriors

Eric Gordon led the Rockets with a team-high 24 points (6-15 FG) to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while Kevin Durant led all scorers with 29 points (8-22 FG) and 4 rebounds for the Warriors in the losing effort.

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Gordon has played a big role. Despite pulling off a second straight win, this time on their home floor, a dark cloud loomed over the outcome due to Chris Paul sustaining a right hamstring injury in the final minutes of the game, leaving his status questionable for a potential series-clinching Game 6.

Golden State listed starters Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala as questionable for Game 5 of their Western Conference finals series against the Rockets on Thursday.

Tune in for Game 6 Tomorrow at 9 P.M. The Warriors are in unfamiliar territory with their season on the brink of extinction.

Instead, the Warriors find themselves in a dogfight with a more than game Rockets team, and with a roster that lacks the right depth to face it. In their three losses this round, the Warriors have averaged fewer than 18 assists per game.

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National Basketball Association junkies loved it last night when the TNT broadcast caught the audio of some coaching from Steve Kerr to Kevin Durant. Houston's stingy defense helped the Rockets come out on top on a night when Harden, the MVP front-runner, was 0 for 11 on 3-pointers.

And those vulnerabilities in Golden State's roster?

These next two games will be turned into a referendum for numerous Warriors and the operation as a whole, but amid that scrutiny, the man under the most pressure to perform isn't Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant.

Unlike the OKC series, a Game 7 will this time have be played on the road and having lost consecutive games in the Rockets' home court, this will prove to be a much tougher hole to climb out of.

Chris Paul will miss the game that could put his team in the NBA Finals. No, the Rockets are a truly great team - one that was built to take on Golden State in a way no one has been able to over the two years the Warriors have had Durant.

This slowed-down pace has disrupted the Warriors, whose 72 shot attempts Thursday night were their lowest of the season.

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