Four reasons why the team will win Game 7

Tanya Simon
May 27, 2018

Harden actually has a 2-0 record in Game 7s with averages of 24 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, according to Basketball Reference.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after fouling Houston Rockets guard James Harden during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland on Saturday.

Before Game 6, a reporter asked Kerr if he expected the Warriors to show their championship pedigree Saturday night.

Added D'Antoni: "So we've got what we want, now it's up to us to go get it. We wanted to force Game 7 so badly". Houston built a 17-point lead by the end of the first quarter, making 8-of-12 3-pointers.

"We're operating under the assumption that he will not play", Kerr said. The Rockets were without starting point guard Chris Paul, who is out with a hamstring injury.

Iguodala now has missed three consecutive games with a left lateral leg contusion. The Rockets scored 19 fast-break points in the first, and the Warriors scored just four. In all, the Warriors outscored the Rockets 93-47 over the final 36 minutes.

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Thompson was brilliant from beyond the arc, hitting nine of his 14 three-point attempts. For what it's worth, though, The Big Lead revealed that Warriors coach Steve Kerr previously had some high praise for Strauss so this wouldn't be shocking. At one point in the second quarter, when the Warriors were beginning to make a run, he was telling his teammates on the court to keep things going. "I was just rushing it a little bit". He might really like where his team stands if Andre Iguodala returns from a two-game absence to play Saturday.

Golden State has experience playing in major Game 7s, with the last appearance resulting in defeat to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. They're crossing fingers whenever Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and/or Nick Young are pressed to play more than 15 minutes.

He came through with the defending champions' season on the line in another do-or-die Game 6, just as he did two years ago at Oklahoma City. In the ideal basketball world, Paul and Iguodala would be fit to play; why should the finish of this series be deprived of them, of less than what it should be?

But in the early going it looked like the Warriors season could be coming to an end.

There was no mistaking the feeling in the aired-out Oracle Arena at halftime: Even with the approach of the third quarter, the period in which so much of this dynasty has done so much of its damage, the Warriors dynasty's future seemed very much in doubt.

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