Western Conference finals set for Warriors-Rockets: 2018 NBA Playoffs rewind

Western Conference finals set for Warriors-Rockets: 2018 NBA Playoffs rewind

Houston moves on to the Western Conference Finals, and Utah will go home with their heads held high.

This series has everything. He averaged 22 points and six rebounds on a team that already had two players that don't like giving up the ball.

The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are no strangers. "I know if we give the effort that we know we can it's pretty tough to beat us". He's shooting 48.5 percent from the field and the Rockets have won eight of their last 10. It will take tweaking what they have, to get where they're going. However, sensing the moment at hand in an elimination game, the likely future All-Star went for broke, taking 11 shots in the quarter. The Warriors know this Rockets team is engineered just to topple them, and that might result in the most energized Golden State series we've seen in a long time. "You go down the line and you see guys that can still improve and are already giving a lot, so I think we definitely have a big margin to improve and it's an exciting time for sure". They already had the league's second-best defensive team rating in the regular season.

Golden State opened as -185 favorites to win the best-of-seven series against Houston, according to the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. But those Warriors are dead and in their place we have these new Warriors who have destroyed any semblance of the NBA's balance of power due to the addition of Kevin Durant. Mitchell was injured on that play and grabbed his left leg. Gerald Green scored 29 points in his absence and Gordon scored 30.

ESPN notes that Paul's performance on Tuesday is just the second 40-10 game in a series-clincher in National Basketball Association playoff history, with the other being achieved by Jordan during 1989 when he scored 40 points and 10 assists with six turnovers against the New York Knicks in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semi-finals.

This season the Golden State Warriors took a slight step backwards as they were mired by minor injuries at times.

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Against the New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State averaged 115 points in five games, giving up 106.4. Can the Warriors play tighter defense like they did against the Spurs against the Rockets or will they find themselves in another up and down the floor type of series here?

Of those 20 previous teams that achieved that feat, 15 eventually won the championship.

Five months later, this clash of titans has finally arrived. Both teams have dominated their opponents throughout the playoffs so far and it should make for an exciting seven-game series.

"We're just as hungry as we were last year and the year before that", Thompson said.

Paul was instrumental in building a halftime advantage for the Rockets, snapping a 43-all tie with two free throws before drilling consecutive 3s inside the final minute of the first half. Game one begins on Monday and we can only hope to get a competitive and entertaining series. I think the people will have a great time watching that series, because you have great players out there. We want to win another championship and it don't matter who is in the way of that. You've just got to play, play to win.

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