Rockets not optimistic about Chris Paul playing in potential Game 7

Even Stephen Curry enjoyed Chris Paul mocking his shimmy

Even Stephen Curry enjoyed Chris Paul mocking his shimmy

As Rockets fans cheered and the Warriors pushed the ball up the court, Paul made eye contact with Curry and pointedly shook his shoulders.

The shot was incredible (and lucky), but topped by the celebration. If so, it would lead to a situation in which they may not be able to beat the Cavaliers or the Celtics in the NBA Finals. It was revealed earlier this month that Paul was something of a mentor to fellow North Carolina native Curry.

Iguodala, who has missed Games 4 and 5, has a left lateral leg contusion. Perhaps it's due to that sense of inevitability that Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors seemed destined to match-up against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third-consecutive season in the NBA Finals.

"It will not change anything we do and how we do it", he said.

Paul, who began his career in New Orleans with the Hornets, has never advanced this far in the playoffs.

Houston's Most Valuable Player candidate Harden struggled from the floor - missing all 11 of his three-point attempts - but finished with 19 points. The reason for Paul's action was in response to Curry doing the same thing in the midst of a Game 3 blowout win for the Warriors.

Asked if there was a chance Paul could return for a potential Game 7, D'Antoni said, "I don't know".

Paul eventually checked out of the game with 22.7 seconds remaining, watching the game in a slumped position on the bench and only getting up once to huddle with his teammates during a stoppage in play. Paul did not formally meet with reporters after the game, and D'Antoni said only that his point guard would be re-evaluated on Friday prior to Saturday's Game 6 in Oakland. "But if we've got a guy like Eric Gordon making shots and being aggressive, who cares?"

Golden State figures to benefit from a couple factors when the series resumes on Saturday night. It was different this year: Finally, for the first time since he was a fledgling star with the Oklahoma City Thunder, it wasn't all on him.

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