National Basketball Association champion Warriors' miscues put them on brink of playoff elimination

Chris Paul's status for Game 6 is uncertain

On the surface, everything seemed fine.

The veteran point guard appears to walk without a limp as he smiles and cracks jokes with his team-mates in the short clip, which was posted on Twitter. He bantered some more during warmups.

The defending champions suffered a 98-94 loss at the Toyota Center and now trail 3-2 in the Western Conference Finals series.

Beneath the surface, though, not everything is fine.

In the final minute of the Houston Rockets' Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Chris Paul appeared to injure his hamstring on a drive. Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter.

"I hate it for him, above all", coach Mike D'Antoni said. Now the Rockets will have to go on without him for at least one game. "But it's a great opportunity for other guys". It is a journey that has attracted a lot of attention - last night's Game 5 pulled in a 7.0 in metered market ratings for TNT. They have managed 34 points their last two fourth quarters. Gordon recovered the loose ball. Gordon then made two foul shots to clinch the win. "I'm looking forward to it".

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Nevertheless, the Rockets will likely look to slow down the tempo again and rely on NBA MVP favorite James Harden to turn in his best performance of the series. It has been jarring to see arguably the greatest offensive team of all time fritter away games with awful offense, but their sloppiness combined with a physical, switching Rockets defense that has made it a point to extend well out on the perimeter has thrown the Warriors out of sorts.

A 13-year veteran who is one win from his first NBA Finals appearance, Paul reached for his hamstring after missing a runner in the lane with 51.7 seconds left in Game 5.

He did say Paul is "worried" about the injury. In the 2016 National Basketball Association playoffs, Paul broke a bone in his right hand in Game 4 of the Clippers' first-round series against Portland.

"It's tough. We don't want to just be down on it. Get this thing right and get this thing going". More often than not the brilliant side wins out thanks to the vast talent on the floor, but this season saw the Warriors lose their most regular-season games under Kerr thanks in part to a season-long battle against holding their focus. It's worth noting that their offensive and defensive efficiency numbers were quite similar to Houston's starters with Paul in the lineup. And if they're unable to do that, they may be faced with the same dilemma in Game 7.

Whether D'Antoni is actually right about that remains to be seen. They are still making shots, but the Rockets are really making them work for them and that has to continue.

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