They need to do Sunday what they did in that first Game 7 - the win starts on the defensive end, making LeBron work for his buckets and not letting the supporting cast get rolling. Thompson set the record against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference final when he hit 11 3s.
Similarly, the Warriors entered the West finals as favorites given their championship pedigree, they have two blowout victories in this series against the Rockets, and star Chris Paul will be limited or out due to a hamstring injury he suffered in Game 5.
Klay Thompson has shown to have a thing for Game 6 elimination games, seemingly saving the best of his offensive firepower for times when the Golden State Warriors are pressed between the sword and the wall.
Likewise, GSW's Andre Iguodala is considered a game time decision after missing the last two games, both Warriors losses, with a bruised left knee.
The Warriors were down 17 in the second quarter, but went into the break staring at a 10-point deficit.
He's well aware that the under is 7-2 in Golden State's last nine games played in Houston, and the Rockets are 4-0 against the spread in their previous four contests following a straight-up loss. Remarkably, the Warriors haven't won a Game 7 on the road in any playoff series since 1948, when the franchise was still located in Philadelphia and the National Basketball Association still hadn't been officially formed. But the number of ridiculous calls going for the home team, particularly in the third quarter when the game began to get out of hand, was pretty remarkable. "We've got to get back, get the stops, not turn it over, and take care of business". For some teams, factors that aren't even strengths relative to the rest of the league could be more crucial to success than a team that excels there. We've got to have amnesia about tonight, get to Houston and stay focused.More news: Rafa Nadal storms past Denis Shapovalov into the quarter-finals
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Without Paul to run the offense, the Rockets had just 13 assists and a whopping 21 turnovers.
"More than anything, I feel bad for Chris", Kerr said.
"I don't think he's tested it at all", D'Antoni said.
Without Paul for Game 6, Eric Gordon moved into the starting lineup, Gerald Green received more minutes as the team's sixth man and Luc Mbah a Moute returned to the rotation as its seventh and final player. Now, Oh has examined every matchup, every player and every trend for Game 7 of Golden State vs. Houston and locked in his pick.
"We like our formula", Kerr said. That's what we worked the entire regular season for, is home-court advantage.