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Can the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets do the impossible?

27 May 2018

The Warriors were on the ropes back then, staring down the end of their 73-win dreams until Thompson - armed with that textbook stroke and some lucky Yoda socks - buried 11 3-pointers to save the season.

"We'll see. He'll be evaluated".

Warriors: Golden State's 33-point third quarter was its first 30-point period since the third in Game 4. This leads to the formation of superteams consisting of two, three or more perennial all-stars and Most Valuable Player candidates joining forces on the same squad.

Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in the postseason.

"I thought Klay was incredible tonight, not just for 35 points and the nine threes, but his defense", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Kevin Durant changed things as he scored 11, with Houston leading 23-17 going into the second quarter. But they trailed 61-51 at halftime. Boston is also the younger team that bounces back faster, something that matters because this is the third game in five days for these teams (great scheduling, NBA... ugh). A fourth chapter of the Golden State-Cleveland rivalry is in serious jeopardy as both squads stare at 3-2 deficits in their respective series, with neither having home-court advantage.

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Soon, the rout was on.

Last week I wrote about James Harden and the turgid isolation offense of coach Mike D'Antoni dooming the Houston Rockets to another exit from the NBA Playoffs. We got plenty of guys over there that will have some fresh legs.

Kerr was at a loss to explain the early defensive lapses. "It was sort of a head scratcher". Stephen Curry throws a low pass to Draymond Green, who loses the ball on the left wing. "The play was unfolding nicely, it just didn't turn out obviously". In total, the Warriors outscored the Rockets 28-8 in points off turnovers.

Gordon tallied a team-high 24 points off the bench. After going down 2-1, they are now up 3-2 after taking Game 5 on Thursday night.

Thompson has always been content to be the understated All-Star among the four in Golden State's starting lineup.

"A lot of miscommunication", Harden said. "Game 4, we weren't making shots but defensively we were really good".

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What a game. The Rockets are one win away from the NBA Finals.

"We wanted to come out and give them light, put smiles on their faces (and) clear their minds a little bit", Harden said. You know, it doesn't matter if we have three guys back or four guys back or four-and-a-half guys back. We're a confident group.

"I think we both blocked that whole year out of our memory", the two-time MVP quipped.

May 26 04:58 AM Marcus Thompson, flying solo this episode, discusses the Warriors' tenuous situation.

Here are three things to keep an eye on in this game. "I hope he gets better, and if not, somebody else has to step up and do what we've been doing all year - step in and try to help this team win". Down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics, a loss would have put them in a deficit no National Basketball Association team has ever overcome in a conference finals.

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So it came as little surprise that Golden State erased that deficit and took a 76-69 lead into the fourth quarter. Obviously, he's a big part of why we're here, but we had opportunities, especially in that first half both games.

Can the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets do the impossible?