Open thread game seven: Houston Rockets versus Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson celebrates

It feels very unlikely Paul will be 100 percent in time for game 7 on Monday night either.

Paul, acquired by the Rockets last offseason to provide the backcourt depth required to challenge the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, departed with 22.4 seconds remaining in Houston's 98-94 win in Game 5 at Toyota Center and sat out Golden State's 115-86 win in Game 6 at Oracle Arena.

The Rockets ace had been hoping to recover from a sore right hamstring but has now conceded defeat in his attempts to play in Game 7.

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Head to the comments section with who you think will win tonight's game! Klay Thompson led all scorers with 35 points (9-14 3pt FG) along with 6 rebounds and 4 steals for the Warriors, while James Harden recorded 32 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals for the Rockets in the losing effort. Okay, okay, maybe not *quite* as big of a loss as being without a Chris Paul (or a Kyrie Irving, or a Kevin Love, man there have been lots of injuries in these conference finals). They've won two out of the last three National Basketball Association championships so this kind of stage isn't something they aren't familiar with. He must play like an MVP if the Rockets want to take down this Warriors team.

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. "We still made mistakes, but we've just got to put a string of 48 minutes together". Even without injured star point guard Chris Paul, Houston came out of the gate scorching, hitting 8-of-12 from distance in the opening quarter while the Warriors connected on just 1-of-7 from behind the three-point arc. The Rockets aren't dwelling on their missed opportunity to close out the series as they get ready for Monday's game where they'll try to punch their ticket to finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1995-95.

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After the game, Curry told reporters coach Steve Kerr had some advice after his rocky start. Missing Game 7 against the Warriors is the worst scenario in the world to him.

But as they've done so often during this current dynasty, the Warriors erupted in the third quarter.

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