Warriors return to Finals as Rockets go ice-cold in Game 7

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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. The Rockets couldn't have played better in the first half.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star point guard, missed the final two games of the Western Conference finals after injuring his hamstring in the final minute of Houston's Game 5 win.

On Monday morning, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala was having a hard time being sidelined deep into the playoffs. Coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters Paul will likely be a game-time decision, meaning there's a real chance Houston will be without the guy who had been, at worst, its second-best player throughout the series.

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Against a mere mortal, you might be able to get away with the shenanigans the Warriors have been pulling. George Hill went off for 20 points in the team's Game 6 victory.

The Rockets have not qualified for the Finals since 1995 when they won the second of back-to-back titles, the only two titles in franchise history.

Well, here we go again.

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To watch the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Western Conference final round Game 7 showdown live from Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, access the streaming video provided by Watch TNT at this link, or by downloading the Watch TNT app. Watch TNT also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV. "Two games, Game 6 and 7". The Rockets star threw a shove in Green's direction because good deeds can't be rewarded, apparently. We just didn't have the same energy that we had in the first half or the pace. We had an opportunity tonight and last game without Chris.

Paul, who advanced to the conference finals for the first time in his career in his first season with the Rockets, is averaging 21.1 points and 5.8 assists per game during these playoffs.

The Rockets tied the Raptors for best home record in the National Basketball Association during the regular season by going 34-7.

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Saturday night's game takes place on the Warriors' home court, where they have only lost once in their last 17 playoff games. I mean, we all thought we were going to win Game 6, right? "More than anything, I feel bad for Chris", Kerr said.

In one atrocious stretch during the third and four quarter, the Rockets missed 26 3-pointers in a row. Houston will be haunted by some of those missed open looks as well as Paul's injury. He'll be back. Like I said, he'll be even better.