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

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, customized nfl jerseys cheap 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.”335

Coach Mike D’Antoni said he had “no idea” whether Paul could recover in time to play in Game 7. However, Houston is moving forward with the mindset that getting Paul back would be a major bonus.

“Less likely than likely, but working every angle to try,” a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski about the possibility of a Paul comeback for Game 7.

“Obviously we want to have him,” Rockets forward 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 Curry combined for 37 points and the Rockets managed to put up only 25.cheap nfl jerseys china

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.