Rockets, Warriors advance to Western Conference finals

May 10, 2018, 11:11
Rockets, Warriors advance to Western Conference finals

The Warriors weren't playing for anything then, assured of the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

The Golden State Warriors have been the NBA's juggernaut over the past three seasons. He also lost 4-2 to the Thunder while with Los Angeles, and his Clippers had a 3-1 lead in 2015 before Houston won the next three games. And they have an fantastic coach in Brad Stevens and still have a very real shot to make the Finals; they now have a 3-1 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round.

Advancing to the Western Conference Finals was nearly just a dream for Chris Paul when he was still playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. "He took over the game".

The first two games of the series will be in Houston.

We all know the Rockets are good.

For a variety of reasons (ok, it was mainly injury), the Warriors did not use the Death Lineup against Houston all season.

If the Warriors can return to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year, they could meet the Cavs once again.

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It's no surprise there would be high demand for a playoff series between these two teams. After the third and final meeting, Capela told ESPN what the Rockets were thinking.

As the narrative goes, the Warriors got the job done, withstanding a late rally by the Pelicans to win 113-104. "I'm going to put us on my back", James Harden said. They say they're just getting started and will only get better from here.

Those comments have sat in the minds of the Warriors for five months.

Asked on Tuesday night if he felt like revealing his decision early, Kerr kept it simple:.

"Every series you play gets harder and harder and harder", Stephen Curry said, referencing Kerr's remarks about how hard it is. "That's all fine and dandy in January". When Kerr substituted Quinn Cook for Curry with the Warriors leading, 88-65, with 3:04 left in the third quarter, Curry seemed happy with his play and annoyed with Kerr that he yanked him. Kudos to the Warriors for being better. He came off the bench and dropped 28 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the 3-point line.

Kevin Durant echoed Green's sentiment. Green became the first player to average a triple-double for an entire series in Golden State playoff history.

That team on the court Tuesday was not the team that played in the regular season and failed to win a closeout game in the first round of the playoffs - a team that was pillaged by injury, mental fatigue, and downright disinterest.

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Taking down the defending champions is a daunting task.

But how this Houston season will be remembered hinges largely on the outcome of this series.

The Warriors are looking to become the fifth franchise in National Basketball Association history to reach the Finals in at least four straight seasons.

Five months later, this clash of titans has finally arrived.

Teams are often defined by whether they win the championship or not. "We don't have to run around talking about how bad we want to play somebody".

"You see when you let the dog off the leash what happens", Durant said. The Jazz also dealt with a type of identity crisis where everyone knew they weren't the same team from a year ago, but no new identity had really been formed yet - in a way, they were just sort of existing.

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