Golden State beat New Orleans, 113-104. And in February, Green told Sports Illustrated that he knew the Rockets were focused on knocking the Warriors off. Defense was optional against New Orleans as only once in the series did a team get held under 100 points: that came in Golden State's 118-92 win in Game 4 to give them a 3-1 series lead.
Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Warriors and the Rockets will be on Monday night at the Toyota Center.
The formula seemed to work in the regular season, with the Rockets taking two out of the three matchups, including one at Oracle Arena. "I said when the playoffs start, 'I don't care, I'm going to go out there.' I should have listened more to them, But I didn't know what could happen". If you love the game of basketball then watch how Chris Paul competes and pushes his team to the next level.
"We've got a goal". We get to it now. "Another one. That's the truth". There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic entering next season.
With James Harden sidelined, the Rockets could not muster up enough to beat the defending champs and dropped the second game of the season series to their rivals from the bay. The Warriors cruised to a 58-win season as their stars battled injuries and were seemingly uninterested in dominating the regular season.
CP3 was 13-of-22 from the floor last night, including 8-of-10 from three-point range, and he scored or assisted on 26 of the Rockets' 37 points in the fourth quarter, according to ESPN.
That's encouraging. Joe Ingles said the Jazz are "steps ahead" of where they were last September, when they were regrouping after the loss of Gordon Hayward and other players. We got them, a'ight. But we're not about to run around like, 'Yeah, we want to play them in the conference finals.' For what? Gotta go out and play. "We'll see who better".
"It feels like he's back now", coach Steve Kerr said. Golden State has to rediscover their perimeter shooting: after hitting 39.1 percent of their three point attempts in the regular season, they're down to 32.9 percent in the playoffs. This will be the first Western Conference Final round for Paul.
Can he lead the team to the Finals?
Morey posted an animation of two larger-than-life robots duking it out to his Twitter account on Tuesday night, a not-so-subtle nod to the upcoming series. The Houston Rockets will have to rid themselves of some of the offensive woes they featured in the first two rounds. "Their "obsession" or whatever you want to call it, it is what it is". Like I've said before, all that stuff is cool.
"Every series you play gets harder and harder and harder", Stephen Curry said, referencing Kerr's remarks about how hard it is. I think the people will have a great time watching that series, because you have great players out there.