The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets seemed like they have been on a crash course since the beginning of the season. They faced off on opening night and the Rockets came away with a nail-biting victory. Since then, the two were destined to meet in the conference finals and now we get to see it. The Rockets got here by defeating the Utah Jazz, 112-102 in Game 5, while the Warriors ousted the New Orleans Pelicans in five games. In the final matchup, Golden State won 113-104, led by 28 points from Stephen Curry. He was 5-5 from the line and 10-6 shooting from the field. Three other Warriors reached double figures too. Kevin Durant had 24 points.
The Warriors were tested by the Pelicans in multiple games, and were blown out in Game 3, but there was never a moment when it felt like Golden State was in serious trouble. That’s how it has been for the majority of the last four years, with the exception of the 2015-16 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Draymond Green has been playing at an extremely high level during the playoffs. He averaged a triple-double for the series against New Orleans. Green had 19 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists in Game 5. When he is able to impact the game to that degree, the Warriors are nearly unbeatable. The Rockets will attempt to make Green uncomfortable.
Golden State has been the best team in the Western Conference for the last four years, so they have had home court advantage for much of their run. But that’s not the case this time around. Houston had the best record in the league, and they defeated the Warriors twice. A lot of people believe the Rockets are built to beat Golden State with their outside shooting and gifted guars. There aren’t many back courts that can compete with Curry and Klay Thompson, but Chris Paul and James Harden can. It is lining up to be a great series, as these are the top two seeds in the conference and the top two scoring teams in the league. Game 1 is set to tip on Monday night.
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