LeBron James dissects Chris Paul's Game 5 performance

LeBron James dissects Chris Paul's Game 5 performance

LeBron James dissects Chris Paul's Game 5 performance

Paul scored 18 of his 20 Game 5 points in the second half, making a handful of seemingly impossible third-quarter shots with James Harden on the bench to give the Rockets the lead.

The Rockets faithful would have been very anxious after the Warriors blew them out by 41 points in Game 3, but they've reeled off two impressive wins on the back of some stellar defense and are now just one win away from an NBA Finals berth. The only question now is if the Rockets will return home as Western Conference champs or with a Game 7 against Golden State on deck.

Paul will be re-evaluated on Friday, with Game 6 tipping off on Saturday at 9 ET.

Paul suffered the hamstring injury in the final seconds of Houston's 98-94 home victory in game five Thursday, which followed a 95-92 win at Golden State in the only close contests of the series so far.

After hearing the news that Chris Paul won't suit up for Houston in Game 6, it'd be hard not to believe Green.

According to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, Paul was optimistic about playing in Game 6 as he left the arena after Thursday's win.

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Coach Steve Kerr was asked about Iguodala's status Friday and said they are waiting on the OK from the team's head performance therapist, Chelsea Lane.

The Warriors should feel great heading into Game 6.

It was just another moment in what has been a heated series between the Rockets and Warriors and in the rivalry between Paul and Curry. "We've got to win two basketball games and we've done that an terrible lot, so we're very confident". Houston was already operating on a thin margin; the Rockets have essentially employed a six-man rotation the past two games, with Gerald Green getting about 15 minutes as the seventh man. He did not play the rest of the game.

He has totaled 47 points in the last two games - both Houston wins - to allow the Rockets to come back from a 2-1 deficit.

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul and Curry have been rivals for most of the 2010s.

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