The Golden State Warriors need to win Games 6 and 7 in order to return to The Finals, but they remain confident about their chances.
It will be fascinating to see if Harden and his teammates can play through the adversity of losing Paul and steal Game 6 in Oakland. The Houston Rockets stands to gain a 3-2 lead in the series and inch one step closer to its first NBA Finals in 23 years. His 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four three-pointers in Game 5 were the difference in getting Houston the series lead. "He wanted to be out there, and for sure he's anxious. we'll see tomorrow how it goes".
James Harden, their key player, said: "For us nothing changes". Chris Paul (soreness) is expected to play in Game 3. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games, 4-17 ATS in their last 21 games playing on one days rest and 10-24 ATS in their last 34 games against a team with a winning record.
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Houston's big win in Game Five was tempered by a hamstring injury to star Chris Paul which will keep him out of Saturday's game. In the past two fourth quarters, he's hit several tough, gusty shots over tight defense to give the Rockets a boost when they needed one. Harden will need to carry an even bigger offensive load for the Rockets than the 22.1 field goal attempts he now is averaging per game in the postseason. (After the game his mother suggested he should wash his mouth out with soap.) Golden State committed just eight turnovers, while causing 19.
Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul's first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79. The Warriors have missed the defensive presence of Iguodala who has missed the last two games with a bruised left knee.