Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Mike D'Antoni Says Chris Paul Is 'Doubtful' to Play Game 7


The Golden State Warriors, facing a rare elimination game, rallied after a sluggish first half to bury the Rockets 115-86 and send the Western Conference Finals to a decisive game seven on Monday.

Paul left in the final 30 seconds of the Rockets' 98-94 victory in Houston in Game 5 on Thursday night and received treatment on the hamstring after the game. Eric Gordon started in Paul's place Saturday at Oracle Arena. The outcome will come down to the health of Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala and which team is able to execute their game plan, make the tiny adjustments, catch a little luck and make their shots. Last year, the Warriors clinched the championship in only five games, not ideal from a network or advertiser point of view, so that kind of one-sided Finals series is always possible. We're all devastated for him.

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With Paul wearing warm-ups and watching from the bench, the Rockets roared out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and led by 10 at halftime. The Rockets played well for parts of Game 6 without him, but it's hard to imagine them winning without him on the floor. "It was really nerve-racking at the beginning and we didn't think that they were going to do it but they pulled it off", said Mountain View Warriors fan Suny Bates. Yes, the Warriors went on to outscore the Rockets 64-25 in the second half.

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

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Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be tonight in Boston. It's about what role player will step up big (as one always seems to do in quirky Game 7s). But we can basically just take that as "doubtful". "Especially here. And sure enough, 8-0 run to start the third quarter, we're right back in it".

"We've got too much talent not just to hit singles like coach (Steve Kerr) always says and trust the next man ahead of us because it will end up working in our favor most of the time". It has only happened nine times in the last decade and this is the first season since 1979 that both conference finals have gone to game seven. As the game was winding down, Reggie Miller said something to the effect of 'throw out the scouting reports, Game 7 will be all about who wants it more.' All due respect to Miller, but that is ridiculous.

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