Is this really about to happen, or is this just another tease? Both favorite teams to reach the NBA finals this season, have their backs against the wall as they face an elimination game on their home courts. Cleveland put itself in this position in game-5 up in Beantown Wednesday night, and Golden State just did the same thing to themselves last night when they took an “L” in Houston. Are we going to have a Boston-Houston NBA finals this year. Marking the first time since 2014 that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavs haven’t met in the finals, or is all of this just a tease?
Once again, Warriors guard Andre Igouldala’s absence seemed to play a huge part in this game. Especially when the second unit was out there. Igouldala has been a stabilizing presence and a key defensive piece for the Warriors throughout these playoffs. In another tight game, where I believe Iggy’s presence out there would’ve made a difference, the Houston Rockets pulled out a 98-94 victory at home, and put themselves one game away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995.
The Rockets were led by Eric Gordon who dropped 24. Chris Paul had 20 and James Harden had 19. Clint Capela finally showed up and dropped in a double-double (14 pts. 12 reb.). Kevin Durant had 29 for the Warriors, in a losing effort. Klay Thompson had 23 and Steph Curry scored 22 points. The issue with Golden State, is an issue I’ve never seen out of this team before. Down the stretch when the game’s on the line, none of their stars seem to want the ball. KD is out there basically doing everything in his power to make sure that he doesn’t have to take the last clutch shot. Curry, Draymond, and Klay Thompson seem to disappear at clutch time also. There is no logical explanation as to why Jordan Bell was the person who’s taking a late-game shot when you have Curry, Thompson, Green, and freakin’ Kevin Durant in the game! In a game of this magnitude! There is no excuse for something like this. Golden State had better find their heart, and do it fast. If they don’t, they’re done. Houston is feeling more and more confident with every game that passes, and they’re going to be looking to take the Warriors out of here…..in their own house…….a thing the Rockets have done before, so I’m sure they’re feeling like they can do again. Here are the highlights from Game-5:
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