Houston Looks to Swing the Series with a Big Game 5 Upset

10 May, 2019, 14:51 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • The Warriors are facing the most dangerous kind of underdog — the high-variance Rockets

Golden State's Kevin Durant suffered a mild strain to his right calf and will miss the rest of the Warriors' Western Conference semifinal series with the Houston Rockets, the team said Thursday.

Kevin Durant left the contest with what turned out to be a calf injury, giving an already-depleted Warriors a major hole they needed to fill. He scored 22 points and added five rebounds in 32 minutes before exiting.

The Warriors lead the series 3-2, and Kerr was upbeat about his team's mindset heading into Game 6.

TNT's Allie LaForce confirmed that depending on the MRI exam's results it's still up in the air whether Durant would even travel with the Warriors to Houston for Game 6 Friday. Yet with Durant ailing with a strained calf muscle, the Warriors haven't been stripped completely bare on the floor or, just as important, on their fingers, which are decorated with bling and the credibility that goes with it.

The Warriors pulled it off without Durant, whose 35.4 playoff scoring average was best in the National Basketball Association coming into the game. Game 6 is scheduled to tip on Friday, May 10, at 9 p.m. ET.

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"Avengers: Endgame" apparently didn't end soon enough for Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who reportedly walked out of the Marvel blockbuster an hour early.

Then, they heeded Steve Kerr's simple message: "Poise and awareness and poise and patience applies to all of life and not just offence", the coach said beforehand.

"I mean, [Harden] does whatever we need to be done", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. They trust each other; they've won championships together.

Curry must re-emerge as the alpha scorer and lead playmaker, running more pick-and-rolls and taking on a heavier shot load. Golden State is a minus-260 favorite to advance past Houston, which is the exact same series price prior to winning Game 5 and losing Durant. James Harden scored 38 points to lead Houston to the win and Kevin Durant totaled 34 points in defeat for Golden State. If the Rockets hold serve, as they did in Games 3 and 4, Oracle Arena will host Game 7 on Sunday.

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