Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 5 thriller vs. Rockets

Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 5 thriller vs. Rockets

"- Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, channeling the Liverpool manager, after his team beat the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association playoffs despite losing star Kevin Durant with a calf injury and blowing a 20-point lead.

So even though Curry will be the one remembered as the hero, let's not overlook the huge contributions from the Warriors role players in this crucial Game 6. The Warriors did it with Durant sidelined by a calf injury sustained in the second half of their Game 5 victory.

Once Durant limped off with a right calf strain, something clicked.

Durant's status for the rest of the series and the playoffs is unknown, but he's expected to miss Game 6 on Friday in Houston, according to multiple reports. While the Warriors outrebounded the Rockets in the first two games, Houston improved when the series shifted to Texas for Games 3 and 4, taking the rebounding advantage 105-78 over the stretch.

"I think it's good news", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Dubs were led by an incredible performance from Stephen Curry, but he couldn't have won this game without the help of his teammates. "I am proud of the guys and the way they pulled out this win and we will see about Kevin tomorrow", said Kerr. He's responded well. Obviously, we're disappointed he won't be able to play in this series. Curry, who was criticised after shooting 7 for 23 in Game 3, got off to a good start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter.

TOP PERFORMERS: Clint Capela leads the Rockets with 12.7 rebounds and averages 16.6 points.

Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors steals the ball from JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers in the first half during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

With Durant firing on all cylinders against the Rockets, stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have been struggling.

For the Rockets, reigning regular season MVP James Harden scored 35 points, Chris Paul added 27 points and 11 assists, but could not save their team from elimination at home.

The Warriors will now face either the Nuggets or Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals.

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