The Golden State Warriors faced off the Houston Rockets in Game 5 after dropping the last game on their home floor and looking for some redemption. Things didn’t go according to plan as the matchup turned out to be an ugly game of basketball where the Warriors looked almost unrecognizable.

Chris Paul, Rockets, Stephen Curry

In spite of many turnovers and too much isolation basketball, the Warriors managed to keep the game close, but it seemed more out of hand that what the score indicated.

In one instance, coach Steve Kerr was captured on the sideline encouraging Kevin Durant to trust his teammates more. In the waning seconds of the game, the Warriors got an opportunity to take the lead possibly for good, where a pass was kicked out to rookie Quinn Cook who had an eternity to fumble and bounce the ball before he concentrated on a shot that he missed which worked in the Rockets’ favor.

On one hand, the Rockets finished the game with the 98-94 win and took a 3-2 series lead over the defending champs which some felt wasn’t possible.

Kevin Durant, James Harden, Rockets

Then there is the play where Cook missed the shot, and the reason he was so open was that Rockets point guard Chris Paul went down with a concerning hamstring injury and never came down the court.

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Prior to the injury, the All-Star guard took charge of the game and hit tough shots down the stretch in an incredible display of playoff basketball that seemed to rattle the Warriors.

Despite the sloppy play of the Warriors, the excessive turnovers and dropping two of the last three games, Kerr feels the team needs to clean up a few areas and feels encouraged that they can still win the series.


“I’m extremely confident that we’re going to take care of business. We’ve just got to be a little sharper.”

There is no other choice but to play better from now on, or the defending champs will be at home early watching the Rockets playing in the NBA Finals.

Game 6 begins Saturday at 9:00 pm EST at Oracle Arena.