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Rockets have last, best chance to put stop to Warriors dynasty

14 Мая 2018

After all, this team has talent coming out of its ears. It might help that Green and Paul showcase their fiery emotions, regardless on who they face.

"You want to keep your rhythm and timing and things like that", Curry said.

If you placed a bet on the Golden State Warriors to win in the Western Conference finals, you've already won some cash. The Rockets and Warriors have been the two most impressive teams this season and in a series that will be equipped with three in-their-prime MVPs, this could emerge as one of the more memorable playoff series of the last few years.

And so it has come to this: the Warriors will play the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday.

In March - amid a awful run of injuries - the Warriors threw in the towel in the battle for the top seed.

The Cavs are now a 2-point favorite heading into Game 1 in Boston. That's the politically correct description, but this Western Conference Finals comes with the very real possibility for actual bloodshed.

"How can I frame this so it's not going to get me in trouble?"

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Well, that series is here, and the Warriors don't seem all that piqued by the prospect of it starting (and possibly finishing) in the Lone Star State.

Losing home-court advantage in the opener would be a bummer and would make Game 2 essentially a must-win for Houston. "I feel if the Rockets pull this off that they are the champs because I don't see anybody on the East Coast beating them".

The mere existence of the Golden State Warriors means that, to even have a chance at championship contention, you must be nearly impossible to stop and nearly impossible to exploit.

That's because in those games, the Warriors had something to prove - they needed to silence doubt, establish dominance or shut up a crowd they simply didn't like. If they can do that and avoid giving up efficient, 35-plus-point games, Houston will be in good shape.

They finished with the league's best record this season at 65-17, but were somehow even better when all three of Harden, Paul and Clint Capela played, boasting a ridiculous mark of 50-5. You already know by now that he is an extremely disruptive defender and the ideal modern-day roll man, always willing to play his role and give more effort than whoever he's going up against. Plenty anticipated this scenario ever since last summer, one that will show either the Warriors' fabric remaining sturdy or the Rockets' arms' race leading to a successful missile launch. Sunday was a wakeup call for the Cavaliers that it will take more than LeBron to carry them this round, and the Cavs need to knock down those open shots they missed in Game 1. "Both teams have done that, and here we are". "We've never felt that before".

Ariza's offense has been less than desired but his defense has been on point throughout the playoffs and I think that will be his calling card to his value long-term as his career starts to wind down. "Watch basketball. When your team's not playing, watch another team play, because that's how you learn".

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