Steve Kerr explains decision to activate Patrick McCaw in Game 6
May 28 2018
The Rockets had a tough hill to climb in this game, needing a win on the road without Chris Paul, who suffered a hamstring injury in the closing moments of Game 5. He will have an opportunity to pass Fisher's teammate and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (292) if he makes at least four three-pointers in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Rockets.
If at any point of the season (or the summer before the season) anyone had said the Rockets would be at home for game seven against the Golden State Warriors for a chance to go to the NBA Finals, we would all have absolutely been happy to accept.
But Steph Curry knows the Warriors can't let the Rockets build a big lead early in Game 7 on Monday.
Game 7 will be on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in Houston, and Thompson said the Warriors will be ready.
Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, left, tries to control the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, and guard Klay Thompson, rear, during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland on Saturday. ". I learned, as I get older, if you play with passion, you play hard, and you leave the game saying I gave everything I have tonight in those 48 minutes, you can live with the result". He is getting treatments around the clock. He's going to play. Which is what we've come to expect - he had 46 points in 46 minutes of play in Game 6 and that's going to be needed again. So pressure doesn't seem to bother him much. But the Rockets appeared on their way to the Finals as they held a 39-22 lead at the end of the first quarter Saturday. Afterwards, the Warriors lose the next two games in the series where they could've won as time expired, and then proceed to lose at home despite Houston playing without Chris Paul - marking the first time in the Kerr-era that the Warriors don't reach the NBA Finals. There's Steve Kerr, the philosopher coach whose vision for how this team should play transformed it from a good team under Mark Jackson to a legendary one under his leadership.
"Obviously we want to have him", Rockets forward PJ Tucker said. He just competes and plays. "I mean, I guess you could say I was born for it (laughing)".
If the Golden State Warriors are anxious as they head into Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on the brink of elimination, they aren't showing it. "I used to be so hard on myself, especially early in my career", Thompson said.
The Rockets defeated the Warriors 98-94 in Game 5 in the meeting in Houston last Thursday to put the champs on the brink of elimination. "They see the challenge ... whether CP's there or not, it's a heck of a challenge, and they're up to it".
"We've got the whole city behind us and they're as loyal as they come", Harden said.