Barkley makes insane Warriors-Rockets prediction following Game 1

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"He can get any shot he wants". The Rockets may hold the advantage to start the series, but the Warriors are 20-12 on the road in the postseason the last four years, meaning beating them, even when they're away from Oracle Arena, is a challenge. (Boston leads the eastern conference finals, 1-0). The two-time MVP looked like his old self when he got back on the court in Game 2 of the second round, scoring 28 points in 27 minutes.

Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey are credited with developing the focus on layups at the rim, shots near the basket, and the three-point shot. "But we can't have that and mental mistakes". "We need to do a better job of staying up mentally". The Warriors could turn around and win Game 2, but the Rockets would at least return to Houston for Game 5 knowing they could beat the Warriors there. "The combination of the two is devastating", D'Antoni said. "(But) we don't have it.

The only Warrior to visibly struggle was Stephen Curry, who finished with just 18. When you go against the champ, you've got to knock them out. For Paul, this is the furthest he's ever gotten in the playoffs.

Fans watch the action in the first half of the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on November 14, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

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Through all of those elements, the Warriors proved two things.

Offensively, there's no one better. "I thought he was extremely good". Paul averaged 21.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.7 assists against Golden State this season. Harden is already carrying a big load offensively and has to work hard and deliberately for his points, so surviving on the other end against this Warriors juggernaut will be tough.

The Warriors still led 87-80 after three thanks to a massive third quarter from Kevin Durant.

While the Warriors had trouble with Harden, Houston had similar issues with Durant, who had 13 of his own in the quarter. "Every time we made a mistake, they made us pay". Paul just turned 33, not old by normal metrics, but old by National Basketball Association point-guard standards. Two Harden free throws followed by a brilliant assist to Clint Capela on a slam dunk would tie the game at 49 with 1:51 remaining in the half and the game would be tied heading into the locker room 56-56 with a lightning-fast paced 14 points in the final 90 seconds.

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