Defiant Harden says 'no pressure' as Rockets host game seven

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For the Warriors and Rockets, turnovers weren't more essential to either of these team's offenses than the average team.

Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be tonight in Boston.

Rockets point guard Chris Paul suffered a right hamstring strain late in Game 5 and was forced to miss Game 6.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) spits out his mouthpiece during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

But the hamstring injury must be fairly significant if Paul was quickly ruled out for Game 6 and is already being seen as "less likely than likely" two nights before a game that will likely decide this year's National Basketball Association champion. 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).

Warriors center Kevon Looney was listed as questionable on the injury report for Monday's Game 7 against the Rockets with a sprained toe.

"I don't have a doubt", D'Antoni said.

It seems as though the team actually does have no idea about how Paul's recovery is going to progress these next handful of hours before game 7. "We've got to get back, get the stops, not turn it over, and take care of business". The last five times he's been in a Game 7, LeBron's teams have won (his last Game 7 loss was to the Celtics in 2008). Kyle Korver needs to find space and knock down threes, the good J.R. Smith needs to show up (that version of him missed a lot of time this series, he's been terrible for several games), and Tristan Thompson needs to get some offensive rebounds.

Rockets: The Rockets made 8 of 12 3-pointers in the first and topped the Warriors 19-4 in fast-break points. "We're still confident. We're a confident group, and we've just got one chance".

"I can't wait 'til Tuesday", Durant said. All told, Golden State has had Thompson screen for either Curry or Durant in a pick-and-pop scenario 7.4 times per 100 possessions against Houston this postseason, up from less than once every 100 plays during the regular season.

"We're operating under the assumption that he will not play", Kerr said.

I'll be honest. I'm embarrassed with how the Houston Rockets played in Game 6. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, though, calls it "doubtful" and says the team will wait until the last minute to see if Paul can play. You want this opportunity and it's right there for us. It will be rocking, and H-town will be fired up.