Rockets development coach Irv Roland disputes report that Chris Paul kicked Stephen Curry off court night before Game 6
Houston Rockets development coach Irv Roland disputes a report from The Athletic which claimed Chris Paul kicked Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry off the court at the Toyota Center the night before Game 6.
Roland says Paul and Curry crossed paths the night before Game 4. The Rockets lost to the Warriors in six games in the second round of the playoffs.
According to the report in The Athletic, Curry referred to getting kicked off the court to teammate Draymond Green after the Warriors’ Game 6 win on Friday:
“I’ve been here three years and we go to shoot the night before games quite often,” Roland said, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “Never in my three years has a player been on our main floor shooting the night before a game. When we saw him out there, I contacted our equipment manager (Tony Nila) because they’re the ones that coordinate shooting times. He told me ‘we gave him the court at 6:45.’ We asked him how long they had the court for.
“When we finally went out there, Stephen cracked a joked with Chris. Chris said ‘let him shoot.’ It wasn’t like it was a confrontation. “Let him shoot. Let him finish what he’s doing.’ We didn’t kick him off the court. We didn’t even say anything. I wanted to know how long he was shooting because I had Chris with Michael Frazier and James Harden coming right after Chris. I wanted to know how long he was going to be before James left the house.
“Nobody said anything to them. It wasn’t like we were doing full-court drills or a whole team practice. Also, we wouldn’t do that just because there are nights we might need to go to Oracle and shoot. That’s why it’s coordinated in the first place.”
Looks like this is another case of conflicting reports in the NBA. It really doesn’t matter now since the Warriors have already eliminated the Rockets from the postseason, again.
Paul averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists for the Rockets in the six-game series. He had his best outing in Game 6, where he put up 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.