NBA Playoffs 2018: Warriors vs. Rockets Game 6 score, series schedule, TV channel, online stream
Everything you need to know about the No. 1 vs. No. 2 playoff matchup in the Western Conference
The Warriors had their backs against the wall in Game 6. They were down double-digit points, not playing well, and a loss would put an end to their season. That's when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson came alive They got hot from 3-point range, the Rockets ran out of gas, and Golden State ran away with a victory. The splash bros finished the game with a combined 64 points making the 32 points James Harden scored feel pointless. The Warriors did what they needed to do. Survive.
Now, the two teams will head back to Houston for a winner takes all Game 7. The Rockets played Game 6 without Chris Paul due to a hamstring injury and Andre Iguodala hasn't played since Game 4 due to knee soreness. This series could be decided on the health of these two players in Game 7. If either of them returns that would be a huge boost.
No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 2 Golden State Warriors
Playoff series schedule
- Game 1 in Houston: Warriors 119, Rockets 106 |
- Game 2 in Houston: Rockets 127, Warriors 105 |
- Game 3 in Oakland: Warriors 126, Rockets 85 |
- Game 4 in Oakland: Rockets 95, Warriors 92 |
- Game 5 in Houston: Rockets 98, Warriors 94 |
- Game 6 in Oakland: Warriors 115, Rockets 86 |
- Game 7 in Houston: Monday, May 28, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)
Regular-season series: Houston, 2-1
Injury Report: Chris Paul (hamstring) did not play in Game 6. Andre Iguodala (knee) did not play in Game 6.
Rockets win if ...
They keep on shooting like the best shooting team in the NBA and Harden plays like the best player in the series. The thing about playing the Warriors is that you have to work incredibly hard to keep pace with their scoring. The Rockets are perhaps the only team in the NBA legitimately equipped to do that. With Paul, Harden and Ariza, they have three guys that can shoot, alongside Paul's facilitation of the offense. They'll also need to temper the indeterminable impact of Green for the Warriors, who has spent a lot of time facilitating for Golden State this postseason, and do what the Pelicans couldn't and find a solution for Durant.
Warriors win if ...
They're able to flip home court early in this series. With 15 consecutive wins at Oracle, the Warriors' crowd has a way of making runs cascade. The Pelicans learned that first-hand. Golden State also needs to keep on dominating the third quarter. This team is the best third-quarter team in the NBA, and that needs to continue. The final key is to keep Harden off the line. Every team gets frustrated with Harden's free-throw attempt numbers, so the onus will be on Green and, to a lesser extent, Durant to limit him. Thompson keeping Harden on the perimeter will be a huge part of this series.
According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Warriors have a 66.7 percent chance of winning the series. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.
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