"It was well-deserved. It was a tough shot", Curry said of Paul, who left Houston's 98-94 Game 5 win with a hamstring injury. James Harden, meanwhile, has missed 20 consecutive 3-point attempts since the second quarter of Game 4, and went 5-for-21 in Game 5 overall.
James Harden started Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors very hot with 24 points, four rebounds, and three assists on 8-of-17 shooting. When Thompson scored through a foul on the first possession of the second half, the Warriors captured their first lead of the game at 47-45. During Thursday's Game 5, Chris Paul returned the favor, doing Curry's patented move in his face after hitting a ridiculous 3-point shot.
So when news broke Friday morning that Paul might miss Game 6 with an apparent hamstring injury, it was the kind of thing that could change the entire complexity of the game and series. Turnovers have always been a vulnerability for the Warriors, and in Game 5, they racked up 16 of them. If he isn't, we have enough guys and it's time for somebody else to step up.More news: Armed Bystanders Shoot, Kill Gunman Who Opened Fire at Oklahoma City Restaurant
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During the Western Conference Finals, Thompson has averaged 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. "We got everything we needed".
The victor of the series will face either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals starting on May 31. As far as the point guard's status for Game 6 goes, "We'll see". "How often do you guys hear tape on somebody or read a quote sheet where they say, "Coach said this and this happened" or 'Coach did this.' I am telling you, I cover the league and have been around a lot of teams, you don't hear it a lot".
"Defense is high right now, but we've got to continue that effort and just make a couple more plays to take care of our turnover problem we've had the last two games and build some momentum back to our side", Curry said.
When Houston won the game, Paul limped - very slowly - back to Houston's locker room, where he didn't speak to reporters after the game because he was receiving getting treatment. And this time, they just might take advantage.