Open thread game five: Houston Rockets versus Golden State Warriors


"I hope he gets better and, if not, somebody else has to step up and do what we've been doing all year, step in and try to help this team win". He's feeling a little better today. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free throw line.

Asked if there was a chance Paul could return for a potential Game 7, D'Antoni said, "I don't know". "We're a group of champions", Green said.

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In the final minute of the Houston Rockets' Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Chris Paul appeared to injure his hamstring on a drive. He limped noticeably during the next two possessions and checked out of the game after briefly consulting with Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones during a timeout with 22.4 seconds remaining.

There was Paul on Thursday night, carrying the Houston Rockets in the third quarter, with an array of improbable shots, most notably a double-pump three-pointer as the shot clock expired. Turnovers have always been a vulnerability for the Warriors, and in Game 5, they racked up 16 of them.

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We saw the Warriors run out of gas in the fourth quarter of Game 4 - freaky rotations and poor time management playing a big role in a 12-point fourth quarter and a stunning loss the evened the series at two games apiece. According to Kristen Ledlow of National Basketball Association on TNT, Paul will receive treatment all the way up to Game 6, which is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. EST tip on Saturday night. This is the same core of stars that has gone 16-1 at Oracle Arena during the playoffs since the start of last year's postseason.

It did not end well for the Warriors in their other late-game moments, too.

Golden State remains a small favorite, minus-130, to win the series.

It's tough to pick this game without knowing the health of Chris Paul. We kept trying to score.

We couldn't find any origin story while the Rockets went after Paul and made a trade to bring him over from the Clippers. A fourth chapter of the Golden State-Cleveland rivalry is in serious jeopardy as both squads stare at 3-2 deficits in their respective series, with neither having home-court advantage.