For the 1st time since 1979, Both the Eastern and Western Conference will play a game 7. The last time this happened the then-Washington Bullets hosted the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns hosted the Seattle SuperSonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder).
The Golden State Warriors will travel to Houston to the play the Rockets Monday night for Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Houston Rockets have relied on James Harden to carry them all season long. Harden is averaging 28.4 points, 6.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game. Harden is putting up less stats than he did during the regular season but he is still having a very good playoff run. Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury in Game 5 and didn’t play in Game 6. If Paul can’t give it a go on Monday, Houston will have to find a way to make up for Paul’s 21 points and 6 assists per game during the playoffs. Eric Gordon has stepped up over the past two games scoring 24 and 19 points.
Golden State dominated Game 6 on Saturday night, winning 115-86.They outscored the Rockets 64 to 25 in the 2nd half. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 87 points. When Draymond Green had 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals and 5 blocks.
The Rockets have played one way all season long. Mike D’Antoni’s model is all about offense. But what is their plan B? They scored 9 points in the 4th quarter on Saturday night and with Paul being injured, who is going to pick up the scoring.
Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker and Gerald Green are averaging a combined 23 points per game in the playoffs. D’Antoni will have to play veterans Joe Johnson and Ryan Anderson if he wants to match the up tempo, high scoring Warriors.
The Rockets will start the game hot, but they won’t be able to keep up the pace. The Warriors will wear them down in the 2nd half. It is almost impossible to win an NBA title when you are one dimensional. Steve Kerr will make one or two adjustments and out-coach D’Antoni. Golden State goes to a 4th straight NBA championship
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