Nylon Calculus: How the Four Factors explain the Warriors and Rockets

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The Rockets can cover the spread if they don't allow the gravity of a Game 7 to get into their heads, especially if they trail early.

Regardless, to a vocal contingent of the Warriors' fan base, even the possibility of the Warriors falling to the Rockets in this series is justification for a massive shake-up of this team. Even without injured star point guard Chris Paul, Houston came out of the gate scorching, hitting 8-of-12 from distance in the opening quarter while the Warriors connected on just 1-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.

Kevin Durant contributed 23 points for the Warriors, who haven't been in a Game 7 since the 2016 NBA Finals against Cleveland, a game the Cavaliers won to deny Golden State back-to-back titles. According to Second Spectrum, it was a quarter mile more than any other Warriors defender and was the most he has run in any game all season (including the regular season).

"We have an opportunity to re-establish ourselves at home, get a big win, keep ourselves alive, and then roll the dice into Game 7", Curry said. Turnovers can lead to easy fast-break buckets for a Warriors team that usually operates at a breakneck pace.

D'Antoni said that Paul hasn't tested the hamstring by running or working out since suffering the injury near the end of game 5.

"We're not going to be coy with it", D'Antoni said. "We'll just have to play it by ear".

This marks the third time in the last four postseasons Paul has had to sit out due to injury.

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"Monday", he said. "Please don't miss a game". Meanwhile, the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss. We've got to have amnesia about tonight, get to Houston and stay focused.

"All our doctors are with us", D'Antoni said, explaining why Paul traveled for Game 6 after he had been ruled out.

Eric Gordon, starting in place of Paul, had 19 points, Trevor Ariza 14 and Gerald Green 11 for the Rockets, who shot 40.3 percent from the field. I didn't like the poor defense we were playing, but I like the pace. But there is a little bit of an advantage [that] comes on the enthusiasm. "I remember one time actually losing a game against the Nuggets and leaving the arena in my uniform I was so mad. But we'll have to kind of play it by ear for now".

Game 7 is set to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. It'll be televised on TNT.

"Yeah, we've been trying to get back to being us all series", Kerr said.

Game seven is on Tuesday (NZT) in Houston.

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