Warriors, Rockets set for Game 7 in West finals

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Paul briefly tested the hamstring on Monday, but it was clear that he wouldn't be able to play in Game 7.

The Houston Rockets play host to the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at the Toyota Center on Monday.

By outscoring the Rockets, 64-25, the Warriors' 39-point difference became the highest in the second half of a playoff game in the shot clock era (since the 1954-55 season).

It's a devastating blow for Paul, as his injury will keep him on the bench with an NBA Finals berth on the line. Paul was a huge part of Houston's wins in Games 4 and 5, averaging 23.5 points in those contests, and 21.1 points and 5.8 assists in the series as a whole. They might have to do it without star Chris Paul, who is dealing with a strained right hamstring that kept him out of Game 6. But the Rockets has to like their opportunities of securing their first NBA Finals berth since 1995.

The under is 4-0 in the last four Warriors games overall. Throw in some awful defensive communication errors by the Warriors, and the Rockets were raining threes in the first half - 11-of-22, with Gordon going 4-of-4.

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The Rockets and Warriors will start their do-or-die Game 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

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 he's probably excited for the game and wants to get the win".

"He's frustrated", Steve Kerr said. Paul suffered the injury in the final minute of the Warriors' Game 5 loss in Houston last week.

It just took a lot of pressure from a Rockets team to get Golden State into that mental frame of mind.

And, if it is, there will be one reason for it: the Warriors' hubris will have finally caught up with them. Draymond Green had an efficient four points (2-of-3 shooting), 10 rebounds and nine assists, while playing one of the best defensive games of his career. Basketball fans around the world deserve to see these two great teams battle each other without any significant absences from key players.

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