The Rockets and Harden host the reigning champion Golden State Warriors in a decisive game seven of the Western Conference final with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line against LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers, who put away the Boston Celtics in their own Game 7 duel, 87-79.
"I think it's a game-time decision", D'Antoni told reporters Sunday with the playoff series locked at 3-3.
James will be making his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance.
"I mean, I had to get him back for the two shots he hit on me in Cleveland", Tatum said.
His frosty relationship with Gilbert was on display during the trophy presentation Sunday night - James gave Gilbert the cold shoulder - and is no secret within or outside the Cavaliers' organization. "I'd go to war with these guys any day of the week", Celtics forward Jaylen Brown said. Those are things, like I said, when you're done playing the game, you can only dream and wish that you could be a part of that once again. It was by design and I'm very proud of the front office, the coaching staff, players, everything, everybody.
James said halfway through the season he made up his mind that no matter what happens he was going to try and keep a positive attitude.
Thompson saved 21 of his game-high 35 points for the second half and Curry chipped in with 16 of his 29, helping Golden State go up by as many as 30 en route to the series-tying win.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtic attack with 24 points as Boston suffered their only loss in 11 home games during the play-offs. Draymond Green only had four points but also accounted for 10 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and four steals. When the Cavs don't make threes, they're in trouble, and that was the case in the first half of Game 7. We were in really good shape, really good shape - and then we just couldn't quite extend the lead. He has a plus-minus ratio of positive-10 the last three games.
Stevens said he'll take a couple days to get away from basketball with the season over but admitted he's already eager for the start of the new campaign. In fact, the Warriors trailed by as many as 17 points in the first quarter but Thompson just couldn't miss and there's no doubt the Warriors got the benefit of a lot of foul calls at home.
Tatum didn't get the follow back then, and he still doesn't have it - James only follows 181 people, and the only rookie appears to be the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons, who is represented by the same agent as James.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that amid all the upheaval with trades in and out, James had been a true leader. Los Angeles ultimately hung on for a 125-116 victory.