Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from Game 5 vs. Warriors

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The Houston Rockets' win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals came at a price.

NBA Twitter always manages to go undefeated, and after Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, that statement is as true as ever.

There was hope that some rest would allow Paul to recover in time for Game 6, which is set for 8 p.m. Saturday night, but word is already getting out that he won't make it. The nine-time All-Star finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals, going deep into his bag of tricks during the fourth quarter to grind out Houston's second consecutive ugly victory. "But, yeah, [I need to] probably mix it up a bit and see where I can get different catches and touches because they're kind of figuring stuff out for us".

Kerr said Iguodala keeps improving incrementally.

Here's the thing. It was entirely possible that the Warriors still could have won Games 6 and 7 against Paul and the Rockets, but, of course, we'll never know now.

If Paul is 100 percent, you'd have to favor the Rockets to win one of the next two games.

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The Warriors should feel great heading into Game 6.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Rockets went 15-9 (.625) without Paul in the lineup in the regular season and 61-12 (.836) with him. He's one of our keys, and we've missed him the last two games.

After a 56-56 tie through the first 24 minutes, the Warriors used a typically strong third quarter to take out the Rockets 119-106 and snatch homecourt advantage in the series opener.

"Chelsea just needs to tell me that he can play", Kerr said. It's been a defensive effort for two of the league's best offenses so far, as both teams have struggled from the floor. "We'll just continue to take it day-to-day".

The 33-year-old limped out with just seconds left on the clock after landing awkwardly on a lay-up attempt, leaving the Rockets sweating on his fitness ahead of Game 6 in the early hours of Sunday morning.