Four reasons why the team will win Game 7

28 May, 2018, 19:00 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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"The longer the Warriors played their trademark style of basketball, the better looks they found as the game continued".

The Warriors are 1-4 against the Rockets without Iguodala this season.

It's a dramatic Game 7 between Boston and Cleveland for the Eastern Conference crown.

Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors bank on blistering second-half run to turn the game around. Based on how the last two games had gone - with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games - it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) battles for the ball with Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) in game six of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. In a series that has swung wildly in favor of whoever was the home team that night, the season comes down to one game for these two team. Paul traveled with the Rockets to Oakland for Game 6, but D'Antoni said that Paul hasn't yet worked out since sustaining the injury. "So for us that's our challenge to have the same mentality we had for the last 36 minutes of (Game 6) and bring that from the jump in Game 7". "We've got to win two basketball games and we've done that an bad lot, so we're very confident".

Kerr, who said he hadn't "given one bit of thought" to his team's crushing Game 7 loss in the 2016 Finals in preparation for Monday, downplayed the importance of venue. The Rockets averaged 15 turnovers per game over the first five contests of the series before that number jumped to 21 for Game 6. We've got a whole city behind us, and they're as loyal as they come. The Rockets were without starting point guard Chris Paul, who is out with a hamstring injury. But there is a little bit of an advantage [that] comes on the enthusiasm.

Kerr told reporters, "I'll question him tonight, and I'll tell him that he's playing".

Houston will host Golden State on Monday at 9 p.m. ET at the Toyota Center.

D'Antoni said Paul's recovery is "going good" but acknowledged that the nine-time All-Star has not attempted to test the hamstring by running or working out since he was injured. Probably didn't get in transition as much because they were scoring and (the Rockets were) walking it up every time.

The defending champions trail Houston 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after consecutive wins by the Rockets, capped by Thursday night's 98-94 victory.

"Yeah, we've been trying to get back to being us all series", Kerr said. It will be rocking, and H-town will be fired up.



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