The NBA gods have been cruel to veteran point guard Chris Paul over the years and this year is no different as he has played a massive role in leading the Rockets to this point, but suffered a hamstring injury in Game 5 and was forced to miss the last game.
Of course their 10-point lead at the half wasn't going to go unchallenged. He averaged 37 minutes over the first five games of the series against Golden State, scoring 47 combined points in victories in Games 4 and 5.
James Harden, left, and Steph Curry scramble for a loose ball during game seven of the Western Conference finals.
Harden scored 32 points and handed out nine assists but also coughed up nine turnovers as the Rockets surrendered an early 17-point lead and fell 109-99 in Oakland.
Paul's status will loom large over Game 7, but it may not mean anything if the Warriors finally play up to their potential. But he'll have to hope that Houston can beat the defending champion Warriors without him to give him a chance to play in the NBA Finals for his first time.
He's been the catalyst for the Rockets through the Western Conference finals. Missing Game 7 against the Warriors is the worst scenario in the world to him. He hasn't yet tested the hamstring, according to D'Antoni. So I think it's a game-time decision, whatever it is, probably doubtful or however they listed it or questionable.
Richard Sherman, for one, is convinced the National Basketball Association had its fingerprints all over Cleveland's Game 6 win Friday night.
They outscored Houston 64-25 in the final two quarters and this was inspired by one man in particular; Klay Thompson.
Kevin Durant added 23 for the Warriors.
Remember, the Rockets have now gone four straight games without breaking 100 points, and Harden appeared beaten in the fourth quarter Saturday where he went scoreless. Head coach Steve Kerr wasn't particularly thrilled to talk about it. The Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are going to the NBA Finals, for the fourth consecutive season.