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Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors
NBA Western Conference Finals
|Toyota Centre, Houston Tx|
|Houston Rockets||Golden State Warriors|
It’s winner takes all with a spot in the NBA Finals on the line as the Houston Rockets host the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 11am (AEST).
All the talk in the lead up to the final game of the series surrounds injury news, with Houston superstar Chris Paul ruled out of Game 7 after sitting out Game 6.
The point guard picked up a hamstring strain at the end of Game 5, missing the final 40 seconds. He then wasn’t able to suit up for Game 6 and it’s been confirmed in the lead-up to tip-off by coach Mike D’Antoni that he will also miss the last match of the series.
Golden State aren’t completely injury-free either, with versatile swingman Andre Iguodala set to miss the final game of the series. He has been out for the last three and while it seemed to affect the Warriors during Games 4 and 5 of the series, they felt no ill-effects of his absence during Game 6.
After being blown off the court during the first quarter, Steve Kerr’s men turned a 17-point deficit into an enormous win on their home floor to keep the series alive.
The Warriors turned things around with a 93-47 run across the final three quarters as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all stepped up when the pressure was on. Thompson was the key man with 35 points, but it was a complete team effort as Houston’s offence went into self-destruct mode.
While James Harden had 32 points, he also came up with a staggering nine turnovers. By the end of the game, Houston had given the ball away 21 times, and it’s something they will need to cut out in Game 7 if they are going to get close against the Warriors.
Curry and co. will have their earlier series losses in the back of the mind though, with a need to be consistent from start to finish. They have, at times, struggled to get past the Houston defence, and there is no reason that again won’t happen in Game 7.
The Warriors take all the momentum into the final game of the series. A lot hinges on whether Chris Paul is fit, but even then, the Rockets are going to find it hard to stop this Golden State juggernaut.
Warriors by 5.
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Preview written by Scott Pryde.