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NBA Playoffs TV Schedule Tonight: Can Golden State Warriors Beat Houston Rockets Without Kevin Durant? Game 6 TV Channel, Start Time

The Golden State Warriors take a 3-2 NBA Playoffs series lead into Houston tonight, but they’ll be without their postseason leading scorer Kevin Durant who’s out the rest of the series with an injury.

Perhaps that’s why the Rockets, led by isolationist standout guard James Harden, are 7-point favorites in this Friday night battle. It’s the Warriors vs. Rockets in Western Conference Semifinal playoff action Game 6.

Rockets vs. Warriors Game Time: 9 p.m. Eastern Time

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Streaming: WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app.

The biggest question facing Golden State is how the Warriors will perform on the road without Durant. Somebody will have to step up, according to Golden State coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, we'll just find somebody on the bench who can give us 35 points and two blocks and 11 boards and nine assists," Kerr said once the team arrived back in Houston on Thursday evening, according to the AP.

Durant, injured in the Warriors overtime game 4 win at home, had an MRI Thursday that confirmed a strained right calf muscle. Durant did not travel with the team to Houston, staying behind for medical treatment. He’s not expected to play in a potential game 7, either, should Houston win tonight.

He's been the best player in the NBA, in the playoffs. He's been phenomenal, so it's obviously a huge loss, but our team has a lot of confidence," Kerr said. "They trust each other. They've won championships together. So we come out and we give it our best shot, and we try to mix and match some lineups and find some minutes and some contributions where we haven't had them so far in this series.

“Guys will get opportunities who haven't had an opportunity yet. It'll be a little different. But no reason why we can't go get a win."

The best news for Golden State is that Durant injury isn’t as serious as initially feared. They thought he may have an injured Achilles, judging by his limping to the locker room after the injury Wednesday night, landing awkwardly on his right foot after a shot. The strained calf is problematic since the Warriors will have to find a way to beat Houston either tonight or in Game 7 to advance, but if they win he could return for Western Conference finals or NBA Finals.

"It's a tough injury," teammate Klay Thompson said, according to the AP. "We'll have to collectively make up for what he does. We've done it before. It's going to be incredibly difficult. It's the playoffs. I know they're not going to feel sorry for us, the media, the fans. It will be a gut check time. We go down there and give it our best effort. That's all we can do. If we do that, I have confidence every man on this team will step up in his absence. We wish him a speedy recovery because we're not the same team without him."

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