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James Harden says 'there's no pressure' on Rockets, calls Game 7 at home 'an opportunity

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  1. Stormy1234

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    James Harden says 'there's no pressure' on Rockets, calls Game 7 at home 'an opportunity'
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      Tim MacMahonESPN Staff Writer
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Houston Rockets star James Harden took a big-picture view in the wake of a blowout Game 6 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night that evened the Western Conference finals.

    Harden harkened back to a team-bonding trip the Rockets took to the Bahamas over the summer, saying he would have readily accepted at the time an opportunity to play a Game 7 at home with a chance to advance to the NBA Finals. They'll have that opportunity, but Rockets co-star Chris Paul's status is in serious doubt because of a right hamstring strain that sidelined him Saturday night.

    "We'll take that," Harden said after Houston's 115-86 loss to the Warriors at Oracle Arena. "So nothing changes for us. We know what we have to do. ... We're still confident. We're a confident group, and we've just got one chance."

    PJ Tucker said. "He's one of the best point guards in the league, but if he doesn't play, we'll figure it out. We're going to do what we've got to do to win this game. The five guys on the floor and whoever else is playing, we're going to roll. It's what we do. It's what we're built for."

    With Paul wearing warm-ups and watching from the bench, the Rockets roared out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and led by 10 at halftime. Then they got outscored by Golden State's Splash Brothers in the second half, when Klay Thompson and Stephen Currycombined for 37 points and the Rockets managed to put up only 25.

    Houston has proved its ability to rebound after being on the wrong end of a rout during this series. The Rockets responded to a 41-point loss in Game 3 -- the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history -- by winning the next two games to put the defending-champion Warriors on the brink of elimination.

    Paul played a major role in the Rockets' last two victories, averaging 23.5 points in those two wins, but he strained his hamstring in the final minute of Game 5.

    "Obviously with Chris being down, that's [tough], but we're a confident team," Rockets reserve swingman Gerald Greensaid. "We're a confident bunch. What we did in that first half, that shows what we can do. We can even do more than that. We still made mistakes, but we've just got to put a string of 48 minutes together."

    The Rockets earned the right to play Game 7 at home by rolling to the NBA's best record. Houston went 65-17 during the regular season, including 15-9 in games in which Paul didn't play.

    "There's no pressure," said Harden, who had 32 points and nine assists but committed nine turnovers in Game 6. "It's an opportunity, though, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of. Game 7 at our house. That's what we worked the entire regular season for, is home-court advantage. We're going to come out and we're going to be ready."

    Added D'Antoni: "So we've got what we want, now it's up to us to go get it. It will be rocking, and H-town will be fired up. It's up to us to knock them out."
     
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    That got me hyped
     
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    At this point, talk is cheap.
     
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    I don't like the "no pressure" attitude. No pressure in a game 7? Come on, man!
     
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    Never know what to expect with this guy
     
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    I hate Harden's talk.

    "who cares"

    "no pressure"

    ............
     
  8. LosPollosHermanos

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    ****. Hardens talk has always been a jinx -.-
     
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    Blowout.
     
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    Are you guys running out of gas in the 2nd half of Game 6.

    Nah.

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    Perhaps this is why Harden always choke in big game.
     
  12. REEKO_HTOWN

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    The pressure is 100% on the Warriors.

    Their owner said they are “Light years ahead”.

    They have 4 all-stars.

    Their supposed to be a dynasty

    We are missing our HOF point guard and are underdogs.
     
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    he's right, why would the pressure be on us. Everyone expects us to lose anyway. No one will say we blew the series if we lose because Paul's out. If Warriors lose they'd be the laughing stock for an entire year.
     
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    James harden in big games. Remember San Antonio last year
    That is his history. He is going to go 5 for 25 and score 19 points in a bigger rout than game 3. Then all the harden lovers will say he scored 19 points, he got us here. Another year lost.
     
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    As if Pressure was a major obstacle.

    Those are the best athletes in the World. Both teams have to perform in an elimination game.
     
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    This does feel awfully familiar. Say it ain't so! Harden's ready to phone-it-in again. Harden phone home. Harden phone home. ;)
     
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    I predict a 40% shooting night and 8+ turnovers. This is what I expect of Harden. Call me "not a rockets fan". I don't care

    I have zero confidence in him having a great game.
     
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    Love it! Game 7 is ours.
     
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    Harden needs to watch himself against GSW just 3 years ago. He absolutely abused Klay Thompson with his mid range game. Game 1 of the WCF, he put up 28/11/9 on 55% FG.
     
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    Too many doubters!! Harden and the team will prove you all wrong! This is not the team from last year that couldn't play D. Plus this team just feels like it has what it takes to make to the finals even IF CP3 doesn't play tomorrow I like their chances to get to the finals. H-Town Crazy!! Go Rockets!!
     
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