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How The Warriors Unleashed Klay Thompson

28 May 2018

They were hitting three's, and the Golden State Warriors couldn't seem to hit anything.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is trying to figure out why his team has struggled to put together complete games in this series, but is proud that the Warriors have found ways to win despite their up and down play. The Rockets take great pride in the fact that they've limited Golden State to less than 100 points in the last two games and think continuing to play great defence is the only way they'll advance.

Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors bank on blistering second-half run to turn the game around.

Then came one of their trademark third-quarter surges.

Golden State did it playing again without forward Andre Iguodala, who missed his third consecutive game of the series with a bone bruise in his left knee sustained in Game 3.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry slices between Houston Rockets Trevor Ariza and James Harden
MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ AP Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry slices between Houston Rockets Trevor Ariza and James Harden

Soon, the rout was on.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he had "no idea" if Paul could recover in time to play in Game 7.

For the 23-year-old Bell, it just so happens that he's getting an opportunity at a very critical time, on the biggest of sports stages. "You get these guys on a roll, and they can hurt you".

Kerr was at a loss to explain the early defensive lapses.

"We lost people in transition". "It was sort of a head scratcher". But when you lose two games in a row, are facing elimination, and consider yourself the best team in the National Basketball Association, there's an overwhelming amount of pressure to overcome whether they want to acknowledge it or not. "But the defense eventually kicked in, and obviously that led to transition, and the shotmaking in the second half was just incredible".

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Klay Thompson was sensational, scoring 21 of his game-high 35 points in the second half, including seven of his nine three-pointers in the contest. Eric Gordon started in Paul's place Saturday at Oracle Arena.

"I think Klay doesn't worry too much about repercussions", Kerr said.

Second-year Golden State guard Patrick McCaw, who had been out since a scary back injury at Sacramento on March 31 when undercut by Vince Carter, was available to play after earlier being upgraded to questionable. Now, Harden will have to do a lot more of that creating himself, and with the full attention/gameplan of the Warriors' defense.

The Rockets had a tough hill to climb in this game, needing a win on the road without Chris Paul, who suffered a hamstring injury in the closing moments of Game 5.

"Nothing changes for us", Harden said.

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"But we knew this was hard". "What do we gotta do to win Game 7?"

"We like our formula", Kerr said.

"That felt good, to be honest", Thompson said.

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How The Warriors Unleashed Klay Thompson