Rockets’ upset hopes hang on Chris Paul's hamstring

Together with National Basketball Association scoring champion James Harden, who averaged 30.4 points in the regular season and has netted 28.1 a game in the playoffs, Paul had the Rockets playing as a serious championship contender.

The Rockets won a second straight defensive struggle between the two potent offenses, leaving the Warriors a loss from missing the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014. They lost the pivotal Game 5, putting Houston in the driver's seat to advance to the NBA Finals.

According to Kristen Ledlow of National Basketball Association on TNT, Paul will receive treatment all the way up to Game 6, which is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. EST tip on Saturday night.

"I feel great about where we are right now", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the Houston Rockets took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win Thursday night. James Harden had a rough shooting night as he finished with just 19 points in five of 21 shooting, Chris Paul added 20 points with six assists while Eric Gordon led the team in scoring with 24 points off the bench.

"We don't want to come and be pouting around", he said. Houston has outscored the Warriors by 11 points in 47 minutes during the West finals with Harden on the floor and Paul resting.

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"We're extremely confident, as usual, from top to bottom", Harden said.

Unfortunately, Paul will miss Game 6 with a hamstring injury. The Warriors, on the other hand, are desperately trying to avoid going down a game and having to deal with a potential Game 7 in Houston. After failing to make a shot from the field in the first half, Rockets guard Chris Paul had a hot streak of three-pointers.

The Warriors opened as a 10.5-point favorite for Game 6 at several sportsbooks. "We've got to win two basketball games and we've done that an bad lot, so we're very confident". Without him, Golden State's margin for error widens significantly, as the Rockets have no obvious replacement for Paul on either side of the ball.

While the Rockets will be down a starter, the Warriors could get one back if Andre Iguodala can return on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).

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