Yet another third-quarter blitz saved the Warriors' season on Monday night, when Golden State won the West and eliminated the Houston Rockets.
The MVP frontrunner promptly got skewered on social media for the perceived lack of sportsmanship. Jeff Green had 19 points and eight rebounds in Love's absence in Game 7. The Rockets' lead expanded to 48-33 despite the first three consecutive misses from deep, but Houston then missed six more threes to close out the first half.
As frustrating as it was to watch the Warriors come out of the gate in Game 7 looking like they'd never played basketball before, we had no reason to think it would go any other way.
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And since Paul was relegated to a sideline motivator role for the final two games, the burden Harden carries into the offseason for this latest setback is magnified.
Paul, a nine-time All-Star point guard, missed the final two games of the Western Conference finals after injuring his hamstring in the final minute of Houston's Game 5 win.
Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home. We got a really good game last night in game seven between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. "Obviously, he's a big part of why we're here, but we had opportunities, especially in the first half both games". He starred in Houston's past two wins, averaging 23.5 points in those games and keying the Rockets' comeback in the fourth quarter of Game 4. Thompson has shot the ball well from long range all series - and throughout this entire career, for that matter - but he had taken 7 or fewer 3-point attempts in four straight games. But again, I know the fans of Houston, especially myself, to have him on your side is incredible. "I don't have much else to say". While the Rockets played like desperate wolves, scratching and clawing for every last morsel of carrion to ensure their survival for one day more, the Warriors looked like the chicken from "Moana" had just naively wandered into the Toyota Center in a pair of sneakers.