The NBA gods have been cruel to veteran point guard Chris Paul over the years and this year is no different as he has played a massive role in leading the Rockets to this point, but suffered a hamstring injury in Game 5 and was forced to miss the last game.
Tucker's 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83. They had been top-10 in the National Basketball Association in possessions per game for five years before this season, when adding Paul allowed them to tighten their halfcourt sets.
On Saturday, the Warriors looked more like the team that swept through the West a year ago than the one that has struggled offensively against the Rockets.
The Rockets finished 7 of 44 on 3-pointers, with Trevor Ariza missing all nine of his attempts, Eric Gordon going 2 for 12 and Harden making just 2 of 13. The Rockets and the Warriors are set to play for a spot in the NBA Finals on Monday night.
Houston head coach Mike D'Atoni spoke to reporters this evening and provided an update on his star point guard.
But if they don't - if they allow the Rockets to get going from three-point range and get their hometown crowd behind them, and go into the fourth quarter in a close game - Golden State's season could very easily be over in a few short hours.
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The second half belonged to Golden State. Game 6 began as if the Rockets would punch their ticket to the next round, but the Warriors recovered with a phenomenal second-half performance to prolong their season. Thompson and Stephen Curry caught fire and helped Golden State land yet another patented third-period haymaker - one that would daze the Rockets more than in Game 4 - en route to outscoring Houston by a ledger of 93 to 47 from the end of the first quarter to the end of the contest. Fans have Warriors fever ahead of Game 7There are still tickets available.
The teams will face off for game seven Monday night at 8 p.m.
Iguodala's replacement in the starting lineup, forward Kevon Looney, is questionable for Game 7 due to a sore left toe.
According to D'Antoni, Paul had yet to test the hamstring and has only received treatment.
It has yet to be determined how long Paul would be sidelined if the Rockets advance to the Finals.
After the game, Curry told reporters coach Steve Kerr had some advice after his rocky start.