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Chris Paul kicked Stephen Curry off Rockets’ court night before Game 6 [report]


© Thomas Shea | 2019 May 10


Chris Paul, man.

The Rockets point guard is known for his…uh…gamesmanship, a quality that was on display throughout the Western Conference Semifinals. Game 6 was no exception.

That gamesmanship also took place before Friday’s game, as reveled in Marcus Thompson’s excellent postgame column in The Athletic. After Golden State’s shocking win, Stephen Curry stood outside the visitor’s locker room at the Toyota Center and screamed at teammate Draymond Green, “Kick me off the court again, boy!”

What on earth could that be in reference to? Via Thompson:

On the night before Friday’s Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, after arriving from the Bay Area, Curry wanted to get some shots up at Toyota Center. The Warriors’ do-it-all manager, Eric Housen, booked the court from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. so Curry could work on his shot. Somehow, Rockets guard Chris Paul got wind. He decided to go to Toyota Center to get shots up, nixing Curry’s reservations. The Warriors’ point guard offered to stick to half a court, but Paul wasn’t having it. Curry was kicked off the Toyota Center court.

Hence: “Kick me off the court again, boy!” And Green replied to Curry’s taunt by screaming, “Kick him off! Kick him off!”

Unfortunately for the Rockets, Paul couldn’t kick Curry off the floor in Game 6. The two-time MVP had an all-time performance, scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter to help bury Houston, and advance the Warriors to the Western Conference Finals.

 

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