Rockets hope Paul can play in Game 7 vs. Warriors

Klay Thompson

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) and guard Chris Paul (right) on the bench against the Golden State Warriors in the second half in game six of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena.

"Less likely than likely, but working every angle to try", a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski about the possibility of a Paul comeback for Game 7. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee tweeted on Monday afternoon that Paul will be on the floor against the Golden State Warriors after missing Game 6 with a hamstring injury.

Paul missed 24 games during the regular season, during which Houston went 15-9, including 15-6 when both James Harden and Clint Capela played.

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Of course their 10-point lead at the half wasn't going to go unchallenged. They had been top-10 in the National Basketball Association in possessions per game for five years before this season, when adding Paul allowed them to tighten their halfcourt sets.

Harden scored 32 points and handed out nine assists but also coughed up nine turnovers as the Rockets surrendered an early 17-point lead and fell 109-99 in Oakland.

The Rockets, meanwhile, misfired again and again from long range.

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Stephen Curry had 29 points and Klay Thompson had 35 points.

Houston will need a more efficient performance from Harden to win Game 7, and ideally another big night from its role players. As a team, the Warriors shot 49 percent from the field and 16 of 38 from the three-point line but this game was all about the second half where the Warriors outscored the Rockets by 64-25. Don't be shocked if he starts Game 7 for Golden State. In the video captured by NBA.com's official Twitter account, the three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player was whooping it up with the team as they chanted their mantra. Despite Saturday's blowout, Houston still has what it wants: One game at home for a chance at the NBA Finals. With the offense not running through Kevin Durant isolations, it just flowed better (the Warriors best lineup of the night was Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston, and Nick Young, +13 in just more than eight minutes). But when you have a Warriors' team that dominates the third quarter plus a Houston Rockets that reacts in frustration and loses control to allow a butt-whooping, you get angry and mad.

If the Rockets manage to pull off the upset in front of their home-court crowd, there is hope for a competitive finals series after all, with Paul still rehabbing. Head coach Steve Kerr wasn't particularly thrilled to talk about it.

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