Warriors v Rockets: Three things that will decide semi-final series

Dwyane Wade and Donovan Mitchell

If the Clippers can somehow manage to overcome what was once a 3-1 series deficit, it would have to be considered among the greatest upsets in sports history. You don't think there were 10 calls where we thought we got fouled.

The report had plenty of findings, but all eyes were on a late potential non-call that could've changed the outcome of the first game of the series. If Game 1 proved anything, it's that whichever team does a better job playing to its ideal will get a decisive edge. But a 45-point display from Kevin Durant could not mask a shoddy Warriors defensive performance which the Clippers exploited to claw the series back to 3-2 as the teams head to Los Angeles for game six.

The Rockets believe they are being cheated by National Basketball Association officials, claiming that the failure of referees to call fouls in their favor occurred last May in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors and that, 11 months later, they are still victims of inequality.

They're clearly betting on the Warriors getting through or else they'd stick around Houston a little longer.

Golden State opened up the series in its death lineup (with Andre Iguodala starting in place of a traditional center), which should have been the green light Capela needed to clock in early on the glass but, instead, Capela played hooky.

In that case, the Rockets will remain in San Francisco and practice there Sunday.

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Harden averaged 27.8 points in the first round against the Jazz, but he struggled at times to get going offensively. It's a seven-game series and you've got to play, and defend with some urgency. "You're just not just going to come in and blow these guys away".

No team can hang with the Warriors when they're focused and motivated, but at times they were looking past the Clippers and it cost them a couple of games that would be disastrous from this point onwards with the level of competition stepping up.

"We understand tendencies and things like that and knowing we put ourselves in that position", Curry said. "I'm confident, as I was when we were 11-14, that we'll give them a run".

While both Curry and Thompson will be in action, the question becomes how badly they are hampered by their respective ankle injuries. 'I knew they weren't going to go down without a fight.

"No matter what anybody does, he can get a good shot", Kerr said. "I don't know, I don't know".

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