Warriors to face Rockets in Western Conference finals

Aubrey Yates
May 11, 2018

"You have to be nearly flawless in what you do and we weren't good enough to overcome the level of talent they have on the court". They'd get $3,993,173 if they reach The Finals and lose, $5,188,122 if they win the championship.

His Rockets teammates saw it a little differently. "We'll have to bring our A-plus game and I think our guys are ready". "[To have] an opportunity for him that he's never had before". All right, now let's get it. "I don't know what it's supposed to feel like, but we've still got a lot of work to do".

In part because almost all of Capela's shots came around the basket, notably on beautifully timed lobs from Harden and Paul, he led the league in shooting percentage (65.2) - and he averaged 10.8 rebounds per game. "There have been bigger upsets in sports history". The new Rockets have Chris Paul.

Jordan and the Bulls went on to lose the Eastern Conference Finals later that year against the Detroit Pistons by 4-2 in the series, so Paul and the Rockets will be hoping they don't follow the same fate against the Warriors this year in the West. The point guard has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason. "It's definitely a family and a personal decision more than career-related".

Paul said he was just trying to pick up the slack with Harden not feeling like himself. "It's about the process".

When Warriors coach Steve Kerr opted to start his "Death" lineup for Game 4 of their series versus the Pelicans, the league sat up and took notice. Paul took more shots at the rim and more three-pointers than previous years, and while his percentage of shots from 16 feet to the three-point line decreased, his shots from 10-16 feet increased slightly, according to Basketball-Reference.

He was seen on the game broadcast walking in the tunnel near the Jazz locker room with his left shoe off. They took the first three games of the series by double-digit margins before falling in Game 4 by a final of 103-90 in San Antonio.

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In Texas, Chris Paul scored 41 points as Houston made sure of their place in the Conference Finals.

Joe Ingles made a basket for Utah before Paul added another basket to make it 107-98.

The Jazz were without Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum because of hamstring injuries. But in Houston's series-clinching Game 5 Tuesday night, he would turn back the clock. There is a real chance the top dog finally gets knocked off. Gerald Green scored 29 points in his absence and Gordon scored 30. Harden capped the run with a dunk after stealing the ball from Mitchell. Mitchell remained in a crouch on the other end, pointing to the back of his left leg.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and the Rockets tips off in Houston on Monday night at 9 p.m. EDT with live TV coverage in the United States on TNT. This puts the Warriors at a home record of 6-0 at home, 2-2 on the road, and an overall 8-2 in the playoffs. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990 to May 21, 1991. All things considered after the endless grind, the man looks fresh - and that's the beauty of this long-awaited series. The Rockets will have home court advantage in the seven-game marquee series.

Golden State was the betting favorite in all three meetings with Houston this season.

Boston leads series 3-1.

The next time you're out in Houston, you'll notice law enforcement from the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff's Office sporting a black Rockets cap.

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