The matchup is now official. It was followed up by a 5-game series win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
It's fair to wonder whether that gives them an edge, especially considering the Warriors struggled with boredom and complacency during what felt like a marathon season following three straight NBA Finals appearances and two NBA championships. All was forgotten after winning the next three games by double digits themselves, setting up the showdown that begins this upcoming weekend.
Draymond Green's incredible help defense will also contribute to Golden State's effort to contain Harden and Paul, and Kevin Durant can add some extra length around the rim.
This is a stunning indictment. Derrick Favors made a layup for Utah to start the final quarter before Paul and Tucker hit consecutive three-pointers to put Houston back on top 81-80 with about 10 minutes left.
Of those 20 previous teams that achieved that feat, 15 eventually won the championship. 16 made it at least to the NBA Finals.
Rafael Palmeiro Agrees To Play With Independent Team At 53 He told the Morning News in his text Tuesday, "Nobody gave me a chance to go to spring training , so I will just take this path". Palmeiro returned from his suspension and played in seven more games for the Orioles before retiring in September that year.
This development speaks volumes about how this Warriors team is viewed right now.
Rockets center Clint Capela's contributions on both ends of the court and the team's sharp-shooting role players should keep the games close.
In order to slow down the Rockets' high-powered offense, Golden State will need to prevent their guards from getting penetration and making plays. Guard Klay Thompson averaged 21.2 points per playoff contest and converted an efficient 45 percent from the field through the Warriors' 8-2 run to the conference finals. What was good enough in the regular season may not be in the playoffs.
If I were a gambling man, I'd bet the Warriors, but I'm also a passionate fan who would throw aside all reason and bet with my heart.
However, If I'm forced to be as objective as possible, I don't think I would fervidly dissuade someone from betting on the Rockets. This time, the Celtics have home-court advantage. He would not return to the game, forced to watch the final seven-plus minutes of Utah's season tick away from the sideline. Each team picked up a win on the road. Let's even assume there's no debate about that. "It will definitely play a factor with me this summer because I think this team has a bright future". Despite a Game 3 blowout and religious conflict due to a home game on Sunday, Vivint Smart Home Arena still was nearly filled with fans ready to cheer on the Jazz. Stephen Curry is gaining confidence by the day. "On the basketball side it was a great season overall and we're going to try to build on this". No more analysts posing the question of whether or not a "dark horse" team could steal the show in the West this postseason, asking if it's truly time to call the Warriors unprecedented streak of dominance as finished, and still clinging to the hope that a forty-year-old Manu Ginobli led Spurs team can rebound (Skip Bayless really makes an absurd amount of money for the contributions he provides).
The eventual Eastern Conference champion is going to have a huge task at hand whichever of these two Western Conference finalists emerge.