Pictured: Chris Paul and James Harden. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
So … some things happened on Thursday night. You may have heard. First off, the under I gave out here won by a million, so, hey, that’s something. Also, this series got a lot more interesting because Houston won dramatically and took a 3-2 lead.
But really, the most important thing that happened was Chris Paul’s injury. You see it in the Game 6 spread, currently sitting at +12/+12.5, whereas Games 3 and 4 (also in Oakland) closed at 8 and 7.5, respectively. One could make an argument that Paul is worth those 4 points. You could also make the case that even five seconds of observing him on the court at the end of Game 5 would tell you he’s done for the series. I firmly believe we aren’t seeing any more of him.