They took over in the third quarter, like they do.
Paul left in the final 30 seconds of the Rockets' 98-94 victory in Houston in Game 5 on Thursday night and received treatment on the hamstring after the game. They fell apart. Couldn't shoot.
Stephen Curry supplied 29 points with five triples and Kevin Durant provided 23 points along with seven boards. The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last six road games. He doesn't worry about judgment and results.
Outplayed for much of the series by Gordon, Thompson answered when the Warriors needed him most. He just competes and plays. As the game was winding down, Reggie Miller said something to the effect of 'throw out the scouting reports, Game 7 will be all about who wants it more.' All due respect to Miller, but that is ridiculous.
James Harden, who finished with 32 points, and the rest of the Rockets had the Warriors back on their heels on defense and were hitting their shots from outside the three-point arc. There were plenty of opportunities to make a fuss, but Thompson never came close to batting an eyelash. Usually, Paul helps Harden. Golden State is one win from a fourth straight NBA Finals, headed back to Houston for Monday night's Game 7. He's going to play. He is getting treatments around the clock.
With or without Iguodala, history says the Warriors will be tough to beat under the circumstances they'll be experiencing in Game 6.
After the game, he said, "We weren't ready to go home". He had suffered a lumbosacral bone bruise, considered a major relief. There's not a timetable. We know what we have to do.
Since Kerr took over as coach in 2015, the Warriors are 36-6 at home in the postseason, including an NBA-record 16-game winning streak that was snapped in their 95-92 loss in Game 4. 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. "Our guys have been through a lot". I think he just loves to play.
But the Warriors weren't ready to play, not at first. Kerr didn't have them prepared.
With Paul wearing warm-ups and watching from the bench, the Rockets roared out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and led by 10 at halftime. But even the Rockets' physical, focused defense will struggle to keep up with constant movement and having to guard the entire floor, and the Warriors did more of that Saturday.