Eric Gordon says Rockets are positive for Game 7
As a result of Saturday night’s 115-86 loss, the Houston Rockets are now destined for a Game 7 matchup against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. It’s a win or go home scenario for both teams, but the Rockets are remaining positive, according to Eric Gordon.
“If we are in this position, this is the best position to be in,” Gordon told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “We’re definitely positive. We just have to play.”
With Chris Paul sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni elected to give Gordon a starting nod for Game 6.
Gordon played well early, converting on six of his eight field goal attempts and all four of his three-pointers in a 16-point first half. However, Gordon and the Rockets fell off a bit in the second. When the final horn blew, Gordon had racked up 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field (4-of-6 from beyond the arc) and two rebounds.
Gordon isn’t the only member of the Rockets organization who is remaining confident in the face of elimination. All-Star James Harden, who finished Game 6 with 32 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals, shared a similar sentiment.
“I mean, if you asked us when we were in the Bahamas this summer, this team together (would have) a Game 7 to go to the Finals against the Warriors, we’ll take that,” Harden told ESPN after Game 6.
“There’s no pressure,” Harden continued. “It’s an opportunity, an opportunity that we’re all excited to be a part of. Game 7 at our house, that’s what we’ve worked the entire regular season for, to get the home-court advantage.”
Monday’s Game 7 matchup is slated to tip inside the Toyota Center at 9:00 p.m. EST with TNT having live broadcast coverage.
“We’re still confident,” Harden noted. “We’re a confident group, and we’ve got just one chance.”