But he was injured in the final minute of game five, and could only watch in frustration as the Rockets succumbed to the Warriors' second-half onslaught on Saturday. Paul has averaged 21.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game during the postseason. They had a 3-2 series lead, a 10-point halftime lead and the defending champions trying to match them on isolation plays at the brink of elimination. Klay Thompson led the scoring with 35. Also, Harden rediscovered his own touch from that distance; he'd missed 22 straight threes in this series but made four and scored 32 points.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets will be kicking themselves after getting blown out by the Warriors after jumping out to that early 17-point lead. Steph Curry contributed 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting, connecting on 5-of-14 3-point attempts.
If he loses against the Warriors, then Harden will keep the crown as Best Active Player Without A Championship, which isn't an honor he embraces. Yet, the Rockets anticipated Paul sitting out for the second consecutive playoff game after not testing his hamstring until on Monday. Houston was 7-of-44 from 3-point range in the game.
In the first half of Game 6, the Rockets were slicing the Warriors' defense up with their transition opportunities. Based on how the last two games had gone - with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games - it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors. On Monday night, the airwaves are a little more crowded than on Sunday, with ABC airing a new Bachelorette, Fox running two bonus episodes of the just-canceled Lucifer, and NBC offering Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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Spurred on by a raucous home crowd, Houston controlled much of the first half, despite missing point guard Chris Paul who was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Why did the Warriors' offence suffer costly breakdowns in Games 4 and 5?
It is probable that Paul wouldn't be 100 percent in time for the finals even if he rested for Game 7.
It has yet to be determined how long Paul would be sidelined if the Rockets advance to the Finals.
"Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Paul is one of the best players in the league, but he added, "[Injuries] are part of the playoffs. It's a bummer that he won't get to play in the biggest game of his career, with a spot in the NBA Finals on the line, but that's the unfortunate situation.