But with Paul out, that thinking led Mike D'Antoni to playing Harden for the entire third quarter in Game 6. The Rockets were without Chris Paul who missed the game after injuring his hamstring in the fourth quarter of game six. But he'll have to hope that Houston can beat the defending champion Warriors without him to give him a chance to play in the NBA Finals for his first time.
"He couldn't explode", D'Antoni said, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. "He couldn't push off of it".
To find out how to watch a live stream of the decisive Game 7 in the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Western Conference final series, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. And then once you get them going and they get out of the box, and we didn't communicate real well two or three times, and then they just got on a roll. What we did in that first half, that shows what we can do. Andre Iguodala has officially been ruled out for Golden State, and Chris Paul will likely sit with his strained hamstring for the Rockets barring a miracle recovering on Monday.
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"Obviously we want to have him", Rockets forward PJ Tucker said. Based on how the last two games had gone - with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games - it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors.
It seems as though the team actually does have no idea about how Paul's recovery is going to progress these next handful of hours before game 7.
In Houston's three wins in this series, James Harden is averaging 25.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 3-pointers while shooting 35.2% from the field and 15.8% from three. After gutting through with a game-winning shot that helped the Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round series in the 2015 National Basketball Association playoffs then Paul missed the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies with a strained left hamstring. They're champs. They were going to come back fighting and they did their part.
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The Rockets will surely miss his production if he's not able to play in game seven.
"We'll take that", Harden said after Houston's 115-86 loss to the Warriors at Oracle Arena. It will be rocking, and H-town will be fired up.
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