The Houston Rockets and injured star Chris Paul should feel torn (no pun intended) heading into game 7 against the Golden State Warriors. But the number of ridiculous calls going for the home team, particularly in the third quarter when the game began to get out of hand, was pretty remarkable.
The Cavs and Celtics played game seven of the Eastern Conference finals in Boston on Sunday - the first time since 1979 that both the Eastern and Western finals went seven games.
The pressure is mounting on everyone, including normally calm, collected Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
His 27 points were crucial in a Game 4 victory, while his 18 second-half points in Game 5 led Houston to another win and a 3-2 lead in the series.
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The Rockets earned the right to play Game 7 at home by rolling to the NBA's best record. However, Golden State is known for limiting opponents' opportunities in transition by getting back quickly. Yet, the Rockets anticipated Paul sitting out for the second consecutive playoff game after not testing his hamstring until on Monday. The last time that happened was in the first round, when Cleveland was outscored by in by 40 total points but won the series in seven games.
"He couldn't explode", D'Antoni said, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
For just a while, it seemed like maybe, just maybe, we were headed for the unthinkable. They opened with an 11-0 run to spark a dominant second half that made National Basketball Association history. It slows the Warriors' offense down while making them more predictable, and that favors the Rockets' defense.
Houston opened this game with the same defensive energy they had the last two games, and once again it flustered the Golden State offense. You can optionally download the newly revamped Watch TNT app onto your mobile phone or tablet and use your subscriber login to access the Rockets Warriors Game 7 live stream. The Warriors scored the first 11 points of the second half to climb out of a 61-51 hole and had seized an 84-77 lead entering the fourth quarter - helped along by Gordon's missing three free throws.