The Houston Rockets will attempt to close out the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night, but will have to go about it without star point guard Chris Paul.
Somehow, Steve Kerr found out during his media session. "We're still confident. We're a confident group, and we've just got one chance".
Thompson, who has struggled for much of the series, was big throughout, finally finding his stroke to the tune of 35 points on 9-of-14 shooting from 3-point range while adding six rebounds and four steals.
Saturday night's performance was reminiscent of Klay's Game 6 performance in 2016 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he dropped in an National Basketball Association playoff record 11 threes on route to a 41-point performance. "Not all is lost".
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Durant was blown out by the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals alongside Russell Westbrook, but the NBA world gave he and the Oklahoma City Thunder a slight pass because it was their first Finals appearance, and they were a very young team.
"I don't have a doubt", D'Antoni said. "They see the challenge ... whether CP's there or not, it's a heck of a challenge, and they're up to it. They're looking forward to it".
The 2018 Western Conference Finals are going to a seventh game. "There is pressure on everybody".
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"A lot of miscommunication", Harden said.
"We just didn't want to go out like that", Thompson said. "So nothing changes for us".
After a bad start in the first quarter, the Warriors were on fire in rest of the game. He was a ideal 37-for-37 from the line in the series through five games, and then missed four (10-of-14) free throws.
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"He's a great player", Kerr said. Let's just get that out there.
Iguodala's absence has been magnified in this series that has morphed into a defensive slugfest instead of the high-scoring shootout that most expected when it began. Golden State outscored Houston 33-16 in the third quarter and kept on the gas for a 31-9 fourth quarter to turn a 10-point halftime deficit into a 29-point win.
"It's what you play for, to be in a situation where you're one win away from going to The Finals", Curry said.
Winning a closeout game in Oracle Arena was a long shot, but now the Rockets have the opportunity to play in front of their own fans. "He scrimmaged a couple times, his back is fine, had a little knee soreness - I think from the inactivity. So just keep working and trying to get better".
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