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Western Conference Finals Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

11 May 2018

You got to see us. We break down every angle of this matchup and what the Rockets can do to take down the mighty Warriors. Stay tuned and watch history unfold. "I think it will be very entertaining. So they're much better defensively than in the past for sure".

We all knew it had to come to this.

In two of three games, the most recent almost four months ago, the Rockets were better than the Warriors.

What's that saying about how 80 percent of life is showing up? As of now, Rockets Head Coach Mike D'Antoni could be finding a way to counter the Warriors' "Super Death Lineup". The Warriors were mediocre by their standards, finishing second in the conference while spending almost six weeks without two-time MVP Stephen Curry down the stretch before his recent return. Through the three games, the Warriors had a +1 advantage in scoring. Curry has played only four games since his return from injury, but he'll be one of the more crucial players in this series.

That's right, I said it. James had a better team around him a year ago (Kyrie Irving!) and he and the Cavs managed to win just one Finals game en route to losing to the Warriors.

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Sefolosha, who got into trouble with the league recently after failing a marijuana test, is almost four months into his injury rehab, and is confident of taking to the court next season, after serving his five-game suspension. So looking forward to continue to build that momentum into the next series. "I want to see what a second one feels like".

His presence is a game-changer when it comes to the sheer star power in this series. Kevin Durant scored 24, Klay Thompson had 23 points and Draymond Green just missed a triple-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists to go along with three steals and two blocks.

It's finally happening. The matchup we've all been waiting for.

Houston beat Golden State two out of the three times the teams played each other this season.

Houston made big moves this off-season particularly targeting this series, and how they would match up with the Warriors.

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He also made it in the NBA All-Star game for the past 14 seasons and was recognized as the All-Star Game MVP this year. The 33-year-old small forward also has three National Basketball Association championships under his belt.

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.

This is the first time since 2014 - a span of 15 series - where Golden State will have to play Game 1 on the road. His desire to play for it all had everything to do with his move to Houston last summer, and this is his chance to follow through.

Golden State on the other hand is in a new position in this year's playoffs. This is Chris Paul's first time in a conference finals and James Harden's second with the Rockets. The Rockets lost to the Warriors 124-114 on January 4 and won 116-108 on January 20. "They're either going to have to slow it down, abandon the isolation, abandon something that they typically do all the time because that's just the nature of winning a championship". The Rockets finished the regular season with the best record in the National Basketball Association, meaning Golden State will begin a series on the road for the first time in the Kerr-era. The Warriors were 29-12 on the road. We're going to go in here knowing we're the defending champs, knowing we got a couple of championships here the last few years. "(We) kind of forget that feeling. "And we're definitely threatened". You don't know, quite know, if you can do it.

"We have Rudy [Gobert} who still has a lot to learn in the game but has already made a huge impact".

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Western Conference Finals Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets