After witnessing another epic performance from Lebron James last night, we turn our attention to the Western Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers once again proved to be the Kings of the East and held off the young and tough Celtics. Honestly, I said if Lebron put up another clutch performance and get some help, Cleveland would advance. Now let’s turn our attention to the Game 7 taking place tonight between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. Coming into this series, my thoughts were that it would go six games with the Warriors winning. The big story headed into this game is the health of Chris Paul and will he play as he missed Game 6 with a strained hamstring. In Game 6, without Paul Houston kept up with the Warriors until the end of the 3rd quarter and start of the 4th. Can Chris Paul play in the decisive Game 7?
The Houston Rockets really feed off their home crowd as they’re as rowdy as it gets. While everyone talks about the all-star team the Warriors have, Houston has a stacked roster also. We all talk about James Harden and Chris Paul, but P.J. Tucker, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela and Gerald Green all have been key throughout the playoffs. Can they put together another game to slow down the Warriors and advance to the NBA Finals? If so, this will be the first appearance for Chris Paul in the long, Hall-of-Fame career. We all know about the Warriors success over the last four years. With a win, they can advance to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals. After their Game 6-win, Draymond Green stated they haven’t put together a full 48 minutes of good basketball. Will they put together that complete game in Houston for Game 7?
First thing we need to decide is, will Chris Paul be available for this game and if so, in what capacity? If he doesn’t play, Houston will feed off the crowd for a while, but the Warriors will win. If Paul can play and be effective, then we have a game that could come down to the last critical possessions. Can Harden step up and show everyone why he’s deserving of the MVP honor he should receive? As far as Golden State is concerned, they have four capable guys of stepping up in these moments. In Game 6, Klay Thompson went off for 35 points and could do the same thing in this finale. With Golden State having 2 former MVPs on their roster, this should be the time they step up. I’m picking Golden State to once again advance to the Finals to play Cleveland.
Are you ready for Game 7 between Houston and Golden State? Who do you have winning this game and advancing to the NBA Finals? Who do you want to win this game? Leave a comment below about anything related to the series or Game 7.