Regardless, if the Rockets lose Game 6 and head back to Houston for Game 7, they'll need their superstar point guard back on the floor.
Houston won game five despite James Harden missing all 11 of his three-point attempts while finishing with 19 points on five-of-21 shooting. The Houston Rockets came out 4-point victors in the end, with a catastrophic turnover by Draymond Green with less than 10 seconds to go sealing the game for Houston at home, allowing them to take a 3-2 lead heading back to Oakland.
It's Houston's second straight win in the series after snapping Golden State's National Basketball Association playoff-record, 16-game home winning streak with a 95-92 victory on Tuesday night.
Eric Gordon, the star of Game 5, will start in Paul's place Saturday night.
The defending champions trail Houston 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after consecutive wins by the Rockets, capped by Thursday night's 98-94 victory. Cp3 avoided the media after the game, which was surprising, given that he was the hero, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the 2nd half after a brutal 0-for-7 first half. "So, we'll see what happens". So Curry will keep shimmying, and he seems to hope Paul will too. In the final 4:50 of Game 5, Curry only took one shot-a missed floater-and had no assists. "But we can't count on it", Kerr said.More news: Milwaukee Bucks Hire Mike Budenholzer As Coach
Paul was receiving treatment after the game and did not speak to reporters. Iguodala is questionable for Game 6 and the Warriors may not be able to afford to go without him, as their offense was completely out of sync during late and close situations during the past two contests.
"He's dying to play, but he's not healthy enough", Kerr said.
The Warriors should feel great heading into Game 6. "We know we can win two games", said Green during his post-game press conference.
Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this postseason. In the past two fourth quarters, he's hit several tough, gusty shots over tight defense to give the Rockets a boost when they needed one. As Rockets fans cheered and the Warriors pushed the ball up the court, Paul made eye contact with Curry and pointedly shook his shoulders.