The Houston Rockets took Game 5 of the conference finals, 98-94, in a win that put this version of the Warriors on the brink of elimination for the first time. It's a sight the Houston Rockets are exhausted of seeing.
Houston point guard Chris Paul is dealing with an apparent leg injury which happened in the final minute of the game.
Numerous current Warriors roster have been in this position before as they overturned a 3-1 deficit against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 conference finals when Kevin Durant was in the opposing team. He scored a game-high 29 points on 8-for-22 shooting from the field and 10-for-10 from the line, with a selection of dribble-attacks (emphasis on the dribble), pull-up and turnaround jumpers and a trio of 3-pointers. D'Antoni said forward Luc Mbah a Moute would likely get minutes in Game 6; Mbah a Moute had fallen out of the rotation after struggling upon returning from a dislocated right shoulder for the second time this season.
According to Associated Press' Tim Reynolds, Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni says CP3 is "worried" about his injury. Golden State had one of the best offenses in National Basketball Association history this season, but over the last two contests, they've failed to average a point per possession.
If the Rockets lose, they will be preparing for a seventh-game showdown Monday at home, a one-game winner-takes-all contest to decide a berth in the NBA Finals that begin Thursday.
Durant didn't necessarily listen and in fact it looks the Warriors may not have been too happy with the footage being released, possibly due to the former fact. Durant in isolation is a matchup you're willing to exploit, but Golden State has relied on it much more than normal. They might not feel they need any leeway - that they are on the precipice of putting everything together against a team they can no longer consider a worthy adversary with Paul sidelined at least for one game.
In the past, Steve Kerr has shown he has the ability to rally his team in tough situations.
After managing to even the series in Game 5, the Rockets inflicted upon the Warriors their first home-playoff loss since Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
The Rockets will once again be looking to disrupt the Warriors' rhythm tonight.