Eric Gordon started in Paul's place on Saturday. "So nothing changes for us". We know what we have to do. This is what we play for. D'Antoni said Paul's recovery is "going good" but acknowledged that the nine-time All-Star has not attempted to test the hamstring by running or working out since he was injured.
But then there's Thompson, arguably the second-best shooter in the National Basketball Association - trailing only Curry - who also doubles as a terrific defensive player, often taking on the best perimeter player on the other team.
Which largely explains why the only two close games in this series both went to the Rockets. If he isn't, we have enough guys, and it's time for somebody else to step up. It's what we do. "It's what we're built for". And they did. Stephen Curry started making shots and Klay Thompson exploded, netting 35 points. In a series that has swung wildly in favor of whoever was the home team that night, the season comes down to one game for these two team.
The Warriors defeated the Rockets, 115-86 tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals to tie the series 3-3. There is growing speculation that the Houston Rockets' star will be absent in an all-or-nothing showdown on Monday night. "We've got to win two basketball games and we've done that an bad lot, so we're very confident". Paul, in his first season in Houston, has been the wingman Harden has needed for years, a second ball-handler and facilitator for a potent offense.
There was no mistaking the feeling in the aired-out Oracle Arena at halftime: Even with the approach of the third quarter, the period in which so much of this dynasty has done so much of its damage, the Warriors dynasty's future seemed very much in doubt. "So you've just got to keep playing with whoever's there and keep going".
"Little carelessness, little tiredness, whatever", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said after the loss.
Houston's Most Valuable Player candidate James Harden dominated early, finishing with 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. "It's an opportunity, though, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of". He played the fewest minutes of the Big 4, so he should be rested for Game 7.
But they'll have a hard task as Houston will have home-court advantage and are determined to knock off the champs. They're champs. They're going to come back fighting, and they did. "You get these guys on a roll, and they can hurt you". It will be rocking, and H-town will be fired up. "We were sloppy with the ball and they took advantage of it".