Mike D'Antoni Says Chris Paul Is 'Doubtful' to Play Game 7

The Houston Rockets missed an NBA-playoff record 27 straight threes in Game 7 out of desperation to stop the predictable, factory line-like dominance of a regular Golden State third quarter.

Reigning champions Golden State Warriors will play Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association finals for the fourth successive year.

The MVP frontrunner promptly got skewered on social media for the perceived lack of sportsmanship.

Paul was listed as questionable for Game 7, but Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said there is no way he can play.

Getty Draymond Green and the Warriors are a win away from their fourth straight trip to the Finals.

Without Chris Paul, James Harden had team-high 32 points and Eric Gordon added 23 points in the loss.

"I guarantee if we start the game out like we did (Saturday) and they jump out to the lead, it's going to be 10 times harder to make it a game", Curry said. ESPN's Conference Finals coverage averaged a 6.3 metered market rating, up 37 percent from the same matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago and up 34 percent from its Western Conference Finals coverage in 2017.

The Rockets, meanwhile, misfired again and again from long range.

James and the Cavaliers secured their spot in the 2018 NBA Finals on Sunday, with a late surge that led them over the youthful and injury-plagued Celtics in Boston 87-79, in a thrilling Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals series.

Steve Kerr has referred to Iguodala as the "babysitter" on the court, and Golden State has missed his calming presence in this series against a hungry Rockets team. So it's extremely frustrating ... we had an opportunity tonight and last game without Chris.

The Warriors were clearly tight in the first half.

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.

"I took a tip from some PGA guys - when they're out there on the course and it gets kind of logjammed on a couple of holes they've got to slow themselves down between shots", Curry told the San Francisco Chronicle. Houston will be haunted by some of those missed open looks as well as Paul's injury. "I don't have much else to say".

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