Even Stephen Curry enjoyed Chris Paul mocking his shimmy

Even Stephen Curry enjoyed Chris Paul mocking his shimmy

With the Rockets now leading 3-2 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Finals, Houston is only one win away from its first trip to the NBA Finals since Bill Clinton's first term as President.

Paul, who was not available for comment on Thursday, missed 24 games this season with a variety of injuries, including a hamstring.

The Rockets faithful would have been very anxious after the Warriors blew them out by 41 points in Game 3, but they've reeled off two impressive wins on the back of some stellar defense and are now just one win away from an NBA Finals berth.

The last three NBA Finals have featured LeBron James-who has appeared in seven consecutive Finals-and the Cavaliers against Stephen Curry and the Warriors. While Paul struggled in the first half, missing all seven of his field goal attempts, he made a go-ahead 29-foot 3-pointer over Curry's defense to give Houston a 59-57 lead with 6:29 left in the third quarter. If you don't ever believe anything I say, believe this: "We're a group of champions".

Asked if there was a chance Paul could return for a potential Game 7, D'Antoni said, "I don't know".

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"I thought our guys just hung in there", Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters shortly after Game 5 in Houston. Now that Paul is hurt, they'll be facing a different Rockets' team than the one that has threatened to dethrone their dynasty. The 31-point margin represented the largest victory in Warriors postseason history, and the most lopsided loss in the Rockets' postseason history.

On Friday, the Rockets announced that Paul will miss Game 6. "We've got to win two basketball games and we've done that an terrible lot, so we're very confident".

"Because I think the way we've played the last two games, we've played good enough to win and just haven't gotten the job done", he said. He scored 20 points, including several key 3-pointers, in the Game 5 win.

However, with Kevin Durant as a Warrior, this team hasn't gone through such a trial.

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