We've been waiting for Warriors-Rockets for what feels like forever

10 May, 2018, 14:23 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • For star guards Chris Paul and Donovan Mitchell the playoffs are no time for friendship

You can't take that away from them.

Houston won two of three meetings against the Warriors during the regular season.

At the beginning of the season, Daryl Morey set a few goals for the Houston Rockets.

Curry, who returned for Game 2 after almost six weeks out with a knee injury, knocked down an open 3-pointer midway through the third and raised his hands to get the crowd going, then made another less than two minutes later.

"No matter what the score is, no matter the time, whatever it is, we play desperate", Holiday said.

There has been no team better built to credibly challenge these Warriors since Kevin Durant signed with them in July 2016.

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

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With the Cleveland Cavaliers being the likely representatives of the East, all eyes are on the Wild Wild West, as the Houston Rockets take on the Golden State Warriors in one of the most highly anticipated playoff series in recent history.

This is the first time since 2014 - a span of 15 series - where Golden State will have to play Game 1 on the road. The Rockets won 65 regular season games and are 8-2 this postseason, yet aren't favored to advance out of the series despite home-court advantage. Ricky Rubio wasn't playing after injuring his hamstring in Game 6 of the first round, and Donovan Mitchell left their last game five minutes into the fourth quarter after injuring his leg.

"In my head when I'm out there, (I'm) just trying to play free and not worry about anything and continue to try to get my rhythm on both ends and keep moving, Curry said after Game 5".

The Rockets run a revival of the ultimate two-man show with Chris Paul and James Harden posing as the league's most unexpected - yet lucrative - backcourt. "We used to play AA basketball against each other when we were 10, 11 years old". Stephen Curry led Golden State with 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the win.

The Rockets finished 7 games ahead of the Warriors in the Western Conference, but it turns out Vegas isn't all that impressed by that.

The Western Conference Finals get underway in the Lone Star State with the two teams that most expected to be here squaring off.

Rockets star James Harden, who was kept quiet with a relatively modest haul of 18 points, paid tribute to Paul's performance. However, Game 5 proved why even four or five role players are worth sacrificing for one superstar. "I don't know what it's supposed to feel like, but we've still got a lot of work to do".

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