The Rockets have a better defensive and offensive efficiency rating so far this postseason, but that is not to discount the Warriors, as they are placed right behind Houston, dedicating their souls to envied ping-pong basketball and creative defense. The ball is in Harden's hands the majority of Rocket games, which seems counter-productive for any team that has the Point God.
Curry returned, after nearly six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury in Game 2, against the Pelicans and was used sparingly by coach Kerr in the initial games. But it did take a little while longer this time.
Kevin Durant served up 24 and Klay finished with 23.
James Harden struggled for the second game in a row, finishing with just 18 points and 4 assists on 7-of-22 shooting. The Warriors facing the Rockets has been a match up that has been spoken off on numerous occasions during the regular season and it has come to fruition after the top two seeds in the West made it to the finals after their 4-1 victories over the Pelicans and Utah Jazz respectively. The price grew to Warriors -190 in just two hours after it posted.
Houston has been rolling along all season, following up their 65 regular season wins with eight wins in 10 postseason games.
Houston was tied with Toronto for the best home record this season (both 34-7), though one of those Rockets losses came against Golden State (124-114 on January 4).
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He comes in early and he's the last one to leave". "Why he lasted that long (in the draft) is beyond me". That will change during OTAs later this month when Mayfield and veteran Tyrod Taylor are together.
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The buildup for this series truly began in February, with some pointed comments from Golden State's Draymond Green. "Just watch and just understand what I could do to get better".
A chance to decimate a dynasty, to unseat the defending champs and get one step closer to winning the franchise's first crown since those Hakeem Olajuwon-led teams in 1994 and 1995 - not to mention get his money's worth after paying a then-league record $2.2 billion for the team in early September. The Warriors Community Foundation will donate $15,000 to the charity Durant chose, Oakland Elizabeth House, which provides residences to women and children who have been homeless or faced violence or addiction.
This is the fourth straight Western Conference finals that will include the Warriors, but the first repeat series.
"We want to win another championship", Green said, "and it don't matter who's in the way of that".
"What we did, if we can stay healthy and keep our group together, I think we can be a really, really good team", Ingles said.
13 years into his career, CP3 makes the conference finals for the first time. "I don't know what it's supposed to feel like, but we've still got a lot of work to do". "He went out there and took over the game".