Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Warriors to face Rockets in Western Conference finals

Warriors to face Rockets in Western Conference finals

Chris Paul didn't want to talk about his postseason failures, not after Houston's win Tuesday over Utah finally got him into the Western Conference finals.

"We know they are ready, and we'll be ready for them".

When it comes to Green and how he sees these Rockets, that interview revealed the raw truth.

The Houston Rockets are coming off a five-game series with the Utah Jazz and are in their second conference finals in the last three years. "Way to go. Way to go", said Vista Nelson. "Especially for an opportunity like he's never had before, he went to go get it". The ball is in Harden's hands the majority of Rocket games, which seems counter-productive for any team that has the Point God.

The Rockets finished 7 games ahead of the Warriors in the Western Conference, but it turns out Vegas isn't all that impressed by that. "It's about the process".

Jordan and the Bulls went on to lose the Eastern Conference Finals later that year against the Detroit Pistons by 4-2 in the series, so Paul and the Rockets will be hoping they don't follow the same fate against the Warriors this year in the West.

Paul, who scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, totaled seven rebounds with 10 assists (with no turnovers) in the clinching victory. There is nothing attractive about James Harden moving slightly in front of a defender to earn three shots at the line, there is nothing handsome about P.J. Tucker or Eric Gordon extinguishing the Jazz's playoff life, there is nothing lovely about seeing Chris Paul hit midrange, elbow jumper after midrange, elbow jumper.

"He's been under a lot of unfair scrutiny throughout the playoffs and tonight he showed that he wanted it", Utah star rookie Donovan Mitchell, who is close with Paul, said.

"Unhappy with the results, but happy with everybody as a whole", Mitchell said. Insane to think about it, but Paul has never seen a Conference Finals either. And neither of them are spring chicken: Harden is 28 and Paul is 33.

The Jazz were without Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum because of hamstring injuries.

In order to defend the Warriors, you need a crop of elite defenders on the wing that are able to switch on screens and defend positions one through five. The only non-Paul points came on a Paul assist to P.J. Tucker for a 3-pointer.

The Jazz later said Mitchell exited with left foot soreness. "Tuck has been the same size since he was 10 years old". He had to be helped to the bench and was quickly taken to the locker room with the help of two people.

Curry led the scoring for the reigning National Basketball Association champion Warriors in a 113-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, sealing the best-of-seven series 4-1. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990 to May 21, 1991. But makes no sense for us to run around: "'We want them as bad as they want us".

Despite the fact that the Houston Rockets are the No. 1 seed with home-court advantage in the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors enter the series as significant favorites, both in Las Vegas and in the venue of public perception, to reach the NBA Finals once again.

The Rockets have wanted the Warriors all season, and now they have them and even though Draymond Green may not feel that the Warriors feel the same, they do and it's a series we have all been waiting for. In the second meeting of the year, a 124-114 Golden State win here, both Durant and Harden missed the contest. Golden State also needs to keep on dominating the third quarter.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni was all smiles after the Rockets had jettisoned the Jazz from the playoffs, Tuesday night.

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