Warriors look to eliminate Rockets without Kevin Durant

Warriors look to eliminate Rockets without Kevin Durant

Javier Howell
May 11, 2019

"He's been phenomenal", Kerr said Thursday night, confirming Durant is several days or more from being able to play basketball. They can also take confidence from overcoming a 20-point deficit in Game 5 to take the lead in the fourth quarter before eventually coming up short in a 104-99 defeat.

"We're at a great spot". His biggest points came on a broken play in the game's closing minute, when he narrowly avoided a turnover and then cut to the hoop for a game-sealing basket. After Durant departed, a couple more Golden State stars helped the Warriors close it out. That was, like, the lowest point of the game for me in terms of just searching. There are a lot of people who believe Durant, while making the Warriors unbeatable over a long run of a 7 game series, is actually stifling the flair of the Warriors and their fast style of play. He didn't even score his first points of the night until a 3 4:22 before halftime. It would be a huge achievement to knock off Golden State - but far from one that would warrant a parade.

The Warriors lead the Houston Rockets 3-2 heading into Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Friday (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET).

Trailing by one, with less than eight minutes left, Harden took only one shot the rest of the game. "I take responsibility for it, both ends of the floor".

Back in Oakland for Game 5!

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Strategy wise, the Rockets made the adjustment of the playoffs by inserting PJ Tucker as the small ball center in most Houston lineups, which does not allow the Warriors to seek out and attack Clint Capela on the defensive end. Should the Warriors advance, that same timetable would see him return right around Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, who will try to stave off elimination back home in Houston.

The only thing I can think of is this was the moment Harden's usage-heavy season - he led the league with a 40.5 usage percentage, over seven percent higher than the No. 2 player, Joel Embiid - might have physically caught up.

Paul just turned 34, his Hall of Fame career is entering its final chapter - he shot 3-of-14 in Game 5 - and he will continue to occupy Houston's other maximum salary slot for another three years. The two-time Finals MVP will undergo an MRI on Thursday, and it's not yet known whether he will make the trip to Houston.