Paul exits game 5 with injury

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry embrace following the Warriors' Game 7 Western Conference Finals win over the Rockets

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry embrace following the Warriors' Game 7 Western Conference Finals win over the Rockets

"Obviously with Chris being down, that's [tough], but we're a confident team", Rockets reserve swingman Gerald Green said.

Still, the Warriors think they found something to exploit in the Houston attack in Game 5. It's obvious, but it doesn't make it any less true.

The Rockets honored the 10 people killed in last week's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, before the game, with the school's choir singing the national anthem and team owner Tilman Fertitta wearing a "Santa Fe Strong" T-shirt, before Houston scored the game's first six points in a first half where the team led by as many as 11. Tucker in the corner on a kick-out, the three ball has to fall.

Thompson participated in the team's light practice on Wednesday after sustaining his left knee injury that prompted him to go to the locker room in the second quarter of the Warriors' Game 4 loss on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

The Rockets shot 11-for-22 on threes in the first half, but then just 4-for-17 the rest of the way. Turnovers have always been a vulnerability for the Warriors, and in Game 5, they racked up 16 of them. Will the Rockets hit them anyway? Home-court advantage can not be undervalued heading into a winner-take-all contest and if the Warriors fall behind by 17 behind turnovers, poor offensive flow, and hot Rockets shooting, they'll be hard-pressed to turn that start around and win, much less by 29, on the road. Those can not be forced, it needs to come with room in transition, or when Harden drives the lane and gets into the middle, forcing help and rotations and opening up shooters on the perimeter.

Harden shot 36.7 percent from 3-point range during the regular season, leading the league in 3s made (265) and attempted (722) while winning the National Basketball Association scoring title with 30.4 points per game.

"He's dying to play, but he's not healthy enough", Kerr said of Iguodala.

Thompson has always been content to be the understated All-Star among the four in Golden State's starting lineup. The Warriors thrive at a high pace. Game 7 at our house.

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"Ninety-four points for a team like that, the guys are trying to find a way and they did", D'Antoni said. "That means we have to limit our turnovers". Houston committed four quick turnovers. James Harden had another sweet dunk, and Clint Capela stoned Draymond Green at the rim. "They weren't great shots, he made something out of nothing".

The Rockets now have control of the series with a 3-2 lead.

The Warriors are hoping things again over the course of the next few. That has led to Golden State going to its fall-back - Durant isolations. He made two or three threes that just, his heart.

It wasn't just a collection of ignorant takes about the Rockets, like D'Antoni running "no defense" or Harden/Paul "choking" or the typical hate directed at Houston's stars or style of play. We got plenty of guys over there that will have some fresh legs.

The Warriors might have "broken the dam" on the offensive end in Game 6, but their early-game struggles should give fans pause heading into Game 7.

Stephen Curry added 29 points and five 3s on a night Harden dazzled for long stretches with 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds while backcourt mate Chris Paul sat out sidelined by a strained right hamstring. Thompson will hit shots in a sliver of space.

But ever resourceful, Harden and Paul each discovered a rich source of production following intermission - the free throw line for Harden and the 3-point line for Paul.

"I just wanted to play with as much passion as I could tonight".

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