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Warriors defeat Rockets, will face Cavaliers in NBA finals

29 May 2018

Harden has a massive usage rate with Chris Paul off the court and his fantasy points correlate directly.

Stephen Curry won't hesitate to say the nerves are most definitely there for a crucial Game 7, playing not only to prove his Golden State Warriors deserved to be crowned the best in the Western Conference, but securing another NBA Finals appearance against their perennial rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Paul's teammate James Harden was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain earlier this season after suffering the injury on New Year's Eve.

Team doctors will re-evaluate Paul on Monday, with the decision on his availability to be determined by tipoff.

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They can punch their ticket to the finals with a win in Cleveland (something they haven't done this series) on Friday night. Lose to Boston in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, and James' legacy shouldn't take a hit.

The Houston Rockets gave it their best shot Monday night, but the absence of Chris Paul, who also was desperately missed in Game 6, doomed this squad. The Warriors scored the first 11 points of the second half to climb out of a 61-51 hole and had seized an 84-77 lead entering the fourth quarter - helped along by Gordon's missing three free throws.

"Well, I think it's going good", D'Antoni said in a Sunday evening conference call regarding Paul's injured right hamstring. Clint Capela made a hook shot for Houston but Durant hit a long 3 seconds later to make it 86-75.

"I'm sure he's way down and devastated, but like us all, he's probably excited for the game, to get the win and get him back and we'll go on", D'Antoni said. Harden, on the other hand, doesn't know what June basketball feels like since he joined the Rockets.

The Warriors have never lacked confidence in this series, even while falling into a 3-2 deficit. "The guy's a phenomenal player and competitor and pretty much willed his team the last two games". However, Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters Saturday night the team is "operating under the assumption that he will not play".

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On Saturday, the Warriors were led by Klay Thompson's game-high 35 points. When the Warriors get rolling, the only thing that appears capable of slowing their progress is their own complacency. What kind of fool am I for writing down a ridiculous title after losing a horrific Game 6?

"We're going to come out and we're going to be ready".

Iguodala's replacement in the starting lineup, forward Kevon Looney, is questionable for Game 7 due to a sore left toe.

What remains to be seen is if each team will get one of their key pieces back for the biggest game of their seasons thus far.

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Warriors defeat Rockets, will face Cavaliers in NBA finals