In one of the defining performances of his career, Paul carried the Rockets down the stretch in Game 5 against a feisty Utah Jazz team. "We will authorize wearing of the Houston Rockets uniform cap during Finals for a World Championship like we did during the World Series". The Rockets started the season on the road in Oakland. Gonzalez tweeted back to Acevedo.
Just like the Spurs - although with a mild bit more fun and drama sprinkled throughout - the Warriors disposed of the Pelicans in five games, advancing to a fourth straight Western Conference finals with Tuesday night's 113-104 clincher at Oracle Arena. Golden State was also fifth in pace factor (possessions per game), and although Houston's slower (14th), we know Mike D'Antoni's team will fire from long distance (15.3 3s made per contest in the regular season, almost three more than the next team on the list, the Brooklyn Nets). The Rockets have a monumental challenge ahead to take out the Warriors.
"We won two championships in three years", Green said.
The Warriors will now travel to top-seeded Houston for game one of the Western Conference finals on Monday.
Houston filled in the gaps around Harden with one of the best on-ball defensive point guards in the NBA, Chris Paul, and one of the up-and-coming rim protectors in Clint Capela.
The Rockets actually won the regular season series between the two sides, 2-1, but Golden State is the defending champions and has won two of the last three National Basketball Association titles. The four remaining teams are getting a few days rest before the conference finals begin on Sunday, May 13.
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Paul made 8 three-pointers and had 10 assists and 7 rebounds without a turnover.
"He's been under a lot of unfair scrutiny throughout the playoffs and tonight he showed that he wanted it", Utah star rookie Donovan Mitchell, who is close with Paul, said. The Golden State Warriors come into this series playing pretty well and have their big three clicking on the offensive end.
"We know they are ready, and we'll be ready for them". The Cavaliers dealt with chaos throughout the regular season - including unloading half of their roster at the trade deadline - while the Celtics had injuries to the two players expected to lead them through the East.
In the regular season, the Warriors' home and away records both stood at 29-12. Their highest total scored in the five games was 122, with 105 the lowest in the Game 3 loss.
The Rockets have wanted the Warriors all season, and now they have them and even though Draymond Green may not feel that the Warriors feel the same, they do and it's a series we have all been waiting for. The late 80s Detroit Pistons finally knocked off the Boston Celtics, and then the early 90s Chicago Bulls eventually vanquished those Pistons.
"We played (the Rockets) in the conference finals in '15, and he was Dwight (Howard's) backup", Kerr said.