Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from Game 5 vs. Warriors

Warriors guard Patrick McCaw, who has been sidelined for almost two minutes, is listed as questionable for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Saturday, the team announced prior to tipoff.

The Rockets took a 3-2 series lead Thursday with a 98-94 victory in Houston.

It's a melancholy morning for Houston Rockets fans, who can't really savor the Game 5 win over the Warriors without knowing the status of Chris Paul's hamstring.

Paul will travel with the Rockets to Oakland, California, for the game, coach Mike D'Antoni said, and will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston. "Our guys have the ultimate confidence that we can get it done this time, too".

"We've played a lot of games like this so it's not uncharted territory", D'Antoni said. A bruised left knee kept Andre Iguodala out for the second straight game, and Kevon Looney started in his place.

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It came with significant cost, however, as point guard Chris Paul suffered a right hamstring injury in the final minute. Now, its importance will once again be on display as the Rockets try to advance to the Finals without one of their two best players.

Game 5 was a disturbing and confusing display of basketball on Golden State's behalf.

The Houston Rockets are one win away from the NBA Finals.

It appears the Golden State Warriors are going to get a little extra depth on their bench for Game 6, with Pat McCaw expected to be activated. On the other end, Thompson's offense returned in Game 5 after a three-game vacation. Houston has outscored the Warriors by 11 points in 47 minutes during the West finals with Harden on the floor and Paul resting. Golden State had 18 turnovers. The Rockets' picked up the slack by offering his view on what's given his team the balance of power in the series: "I'm just missing shots".

The Rockets have no similarly poor shooter - they led the league in points per possession during the regular season.

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