The Herald's Christopher Reive brings live updates of the Western Conference finals game 7 clash between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. "We were so scattered, you know, every part of the gameplan went out the window in the first 45 seconds basically".
Whether it was fatigue or lack of concentration coming out of the lockeroom, the Rockets will look back on this season and wonder what would have been if they were able to just match the Warriors third quarter output.
"I mean, we had a lot of open shots", Harden said, confident to the bitter end.
"Monday", he said. "Please don't miss a game".
Act 4 of the teams' long-running rivalry is guaranteed to be historic no matter how big a mismatch it appears on paper in Golden State's favour, as never before in any of North America's four major team sports have the same two teams met to decide the championship four times in a row.
"I saw one of the worst quarters of basketball we've ever played and we're down five points", Kerr grumbled before walking off after only one question. Golden State seized the lead by outscoring Houston by 18 points in the third quarter. Clint Capela made a hook shot for Houston but Durant hit a long 3 seconds later to make it 86-75. Twenty. Six. At one point they missed 29-of-30. He's done everything he can to get Houston to this point.
Kevin Durant is excited about helping the Warriors return to the finals, but he got a little confused on when Game 7 was on Saturday night.
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. Kerr said after Game 6 that the team was operating under the assumption that they would be without Iguodala for Game 7.
Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. E.T. on ABC. They were 0 for 14 in the third quarter alone. James Harden added 32 points for the Rockets.
Warriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game.