A scorching second-half effort from the Golden State Warriors turned the tables on the Houston Rockets in Game 6 en route to a 115-86 victory for the defending champions. Sans Chris Paul, who’s nursing a hamstring injury, the Rockets were clueless on how to weather a third-quarter outburst by the Warriors — something they’ve made a notorious reputation out of — never looking back and pouncing even harder in the final period.
The Rockets jumped out of the gates, building a 17-point lead in the first quarter. It was all Houston in the first half. Thompson and the Warriors, however, flipped the script in the next 24 minutes, hitting 3-pointers with scary efficiency and moving the ball like how they’ve done throughout their title runs — straying from the isolations that caused their demise in Games 4 and 5.
Ahead of an all-important Game 7, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski gave an update on Paul’s status for Monday’s game.
On the chances of a Chris Paul comeback with right hamstring injury for Game 7, source tells ESPN: “Less likely than likely, but working every angle to try.”
While James Harden is the flame that burns Houston’s opponents, Paul is the stabilizing presence that the team looks for when things get rough. Sadly for the Rockets, the All-Star point guard was relegated to a mere spectator.
Paul’s importance to the Rockets goes beyond his averages of 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.8 steals in the Western Conference Finals. In only his first season with the team, it can already be argued that Paul has become the Rockets’ heart and soul.
Game 7 is scheduled for Monday 9:00 am ET in Houston.