Houston Looks to Swing the Series with a Big Game 5 Upset

Why we all need to root for the Houston Rockets to win Game 5

Durant's reaction to the injury and the way he tried to walk off is similar to how others who have suffered Achilles tears have looked in the past, but thankfully, the news isn't as bad as expected. Golden State outscored Houston 32-27 in the final period, holding James Harden to just five points in the quarter and receiving vintage performances from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But the much-hyped flick's plot apparently didn't catch Thompson's attention.

He entered Wednesday night averaging 36 points in the first four games of the series and 35.4 points in this year's postseason.

"I mean, [Harden] does whatever we need to be done", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. Should the Warriors advance, that same timetable would see him return right around Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. While Golden State now holds a 3-2 series lead, it heads back to Houston for Friday's Game 6. They trust each other; they've won championships together. That's why tonight's Game 5 action may be foretelling for how the series will go.

The Rockets trailed the Golden State Warriors by one point when Harden checked back into Wednesday's Game 5 with 7 minutes, 8 seconds remaining.

"If Kevin is out, what you saw in the fourth quarter is what you're going to have to see going forward", Kerr said. Initially, players and coaches feared that Durant tore his Achilles tendon, but Kerr was told by the Warriors' medical staff that was not the case. "Guys who haven't had opportunities yet (in this series) will have opportunities".




"He's had (this injury) before and he's responded well", Kerr said.

Curry must re-emerge as the alpha scorer and lead playmaker, running more pick-and-rolls and taking on a heavier shot load.

Curry and the rest of the Warriors were thankful Durant wasn't more seriously hurt.

All post-season long, Durant has bailed out the Warriors with timely shots, smart passes, and breathtaking stretches of elite all-around play.

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