Thompson hot hand carries Warriors into Game 7 with Rockets

Marcus Newton
May 28, 2018

The Houston Rockets are a win away from the National Basketball Association finals after beating defending champions the Golden State Warriors 98-94 in game five of the Western Conference series.

The Rockets, who led the league with 65 regular-season wins, took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals and with one more victory can deny the Warriors a fourth straight trip to the championship series.

The first seven games have been blowouts (or at least one-sided) and an eighth appeared to be on the cards until a competitive game finally broke out between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors in Game 4.

Thompson strained his left knee in Game 4 on Tuesday when he tumbled to the floor on a drive to the basket in the second quarter.

"The problem with (the Warriors) getting 115 (points in Game 6) is it's because we turned it over about 20 times and that's a double whammy - we don't score first of all and they get out in transition", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Because not only is it implausible that the Warriors would shake things up this offseason - even with a forward-thinking owner like Joe Lacob calling the shots - it would be downright bad business to make major moves at this juncture. "I would think the doctors and trainers are working on him 24 hours a day nearly". Center Clint Capela proved once again Houston can play big even when the Warriors downsize.

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Golden State hasn't shot that poorly since Game 3 of the semifinals against the Pelicans.

"I know exactly what I'm seeing out there and we defended the beautifully tonight", Kerr continued. We're going to do what we've got to do to win this game. By dedicating so much of its roster to situational bigs, Golden State has shrunk its allowance for underperforming role players. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Houston committed four quick turnovers.

The absence of Kevin Love, who was sidelined with a concussion suffered early in game six, left Cleveland without a true second scoring option alongside James. "Probably sounded more vocal than I usually am", Thompson acknowledged.

Consider the evidence five games in against the Warriors.

Yes, the Warriors might need to win their last two games - this team has used up every bit of its margin for error - but the difference between winning and losing in both Games 4 and 5 has been marginal.

The Cavaliers, who have played the Warriors in each of the last three title series, trail the Celtics 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals. It demands more playmaking from Livingston, who responded by turning the ball over four times in Game 4-his worst mark all season. "So you've just got to keep playing with whoever's there and keep going". "Just too many turnovers, too many reaches". In the first three games of the series, Iguodala held his matchups to 28 points on 10-26 (38.5%) shooting, including 2-14 (14.3) from beyond the arc over 167 defensive possessions.

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