Rockets have edge? 'Our guys have rings,' Warriors coach Steve Kerr says

Rex Christensen
May 12, 2018

"But we do encourage him to take more threes - which doesn't mean to take less twos, it means take more shots or don't hesitate when you're out there".

His Rockets teammates saw it a little differently.

The matchup is set with Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals tipping off Monday at 6 p.m. (TNT) and the Golden State Warriors facing off against the Houston Rockets. Paul has been a model of consistency throughout the playoffs, and while MVP candidate James Harden has been great at times, he has had some poor offensive performances as of late. All right, now let's get it.

I think, however, whichever team ends up winning the Wild West will ultimately be crowned National Basketball Association champions. "There have been bigger upsets in sports history". As of now, Rockets Head Coach Mike D'Antoni could be finding a way to counter the Warriors' "Super Death Lineup".

Paul had been in the conference semifinals four other times before finally getting over the hump this season. "It's about the process". However, they did show weakness in one game against New Orleans.

Paul, who scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, totaled seven rebounds with 10 assists (with no turnovers) in the clinching victory.

Harden played alongside Durant when the Thunder lost the 2012 finals to the Miami Heat but is 2-8 against the Warriors in the playoffs over the last three seasons, while Paul has never got to play for a title despite featuring in 86 playoff games throughout his career.

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Check out the full tv schedule for the Western Conference Finals below. Harden averaged 10.1 free throws a game this season, but the Warriors held him to just six total free throws over two games, by far his lowest total against any team. Rozier has been playing at a very high level scoring at least 15 points in eight of the playoff games the Celtics have played in these playoffs. Paul posted a double-double with 33 points and 11 rebounds.

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

Losing home-court advantage in the opener would be a bummer and would make Game 2 essentially a must-win for Houston.

These two were signed because they are such strong and smart defenders, but they were reliable 3-point shooters in the regular season, too: Tucker made 37.1 percent of his 3-point attempts and Mbah a Moute made 36.4 percent of his.

Mitchell took over the third quarter and willed the Jazz back into contention. The team has been open in saying that they built their team to challenge the Warriors and now they'll get their chance. He would not return to the game, forced to watch the final seven-plus minutes of Utah's season tick away from the sideline. He had to be helped to the bench and was quickly taken to the locker room with the help of two people.

But if the Warriors are in attack mode like they should be, expect to see a luxurious quintet gracing the hardwood on Monday night in Houston - one that gets its name from Long Island's East End. The Warriors have yet to lose at home in the playoffs, suffering both losses on the road.

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