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Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA Finals

Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA Finals

Houston Rockets star guard Chris Paul will miss the team's crucial National Basketball Association playoff game Saturday at defending champion Golden State with a strained right hamstring, the Rockets announced Friday.

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 scoreboard says 3-2 following the Golden State Warriors' 98-94 Game 5 loss to the Houston Rockets. The Warriors also are dealing with injuries to two important players, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala.

Paul has been averaging 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in this series, 43.3 percent from the field and 34.5 percent on 3-pointers.

Chris Paul made his first conference finals in what has been a Hall of Fame career and has the Houston Rockets on the brink of a trip to the Finals.

He shook his head at the fact neither team has broken 100 points in the last two games.




That sense of destiny has been put on hold thanks to the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets, who now both find themselves in control of their respective conference finals series over those aforementioned teams. "We just wanted to step up".

The Rockets managed to go 15-6 this season in games Paul missed when they had probable MVP guard James Harden and blossoming star center Clint Capela available.

Iguodala's Game 4 absence laid bare two realities. Just trying to get it right.

The Warriors have banked on the Rockets' offensive inefficiency in recent games, but it only takes a few extra uncontested Houston shots to fall for the Warriors' season to end. If Game 6 and a potential Game 7 go like the last two did, however, the Rockets have a major advantage.

"Well, there are things I tell you guys here, and there are things I tell my team that are private", Kerr said Friday. After Paul was ruled out, the Warriors were listed as high as 12-point favorites over the Rockets.

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