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CP-3 will miss Game 6 of Rockets-Warriors Western Conference finals series


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Will the Houston Rockets return home as Western Conference champs? Or will the defending NBA titleholder Golden State Warriors hold with their crown and extend their best-of-seven Western Conference final encounter to full rout??

With the Rockets leading the series at 3 wins and two losses, James Harden and his Texan teammates play anew the Warriors on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) hoping for a victory that will entitle them to represent the West in the championship.

Coach Mike D?Antoni though and Harden will be handicapped with the absence of Chris Paul, who suffered a right hamstring injury in the go-ahead Game 5, 98-94, triumph last Thursday.

The Houston team management announced Friday that the future Hall of Fame point guard won?t be available and will miss Game 6 of the Conference finals due to his injury.

Warrior sentinel Andrei Igoudola, who had missed the last two games himself, is, likewise, uncertain of coming back into action.

Paul, the Rockets announcement said, is scheduled to be re-evaluated when the team returns to Houston.

On Friday, James Harden said he and Paul stayed together and were "just talking and chopping it up, laughing and talking about life. We're not here to be down and moping around and sad. We'll be good."

Head coach Mike D'Antoni said Eric Gordon would be called upon to fill more of a playmaking role with Paul out.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, meantime, claimed he liked where the team is entering Game 6 with a 3-2 deficit. He might really like where his team stands if Andre Iguodala returns from a two-game absence to play Saturday.

The club termed Iguodala as questionable for Game 6 after it lost for the second consecutive game Thursday with Iguodala sidelined due to a leg contusion.

Kerr said Iguodala keeps improving incrementally. Now he and the Warriors are just waiting on head performance therapist Chelsea Lane to clear Iguodala.


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