NBA Semi-Finals — Sports Roundup

  • NBA Semi-Finals — Sports Roundup

NBA Semi-Finals — Sports Roundup

Despite already losing more games during this playoff run, the Warriors are still the Goliath that the rest of the league is looking to conquer.

The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors present a cavalcade of All-Star performers.

The Warriors-Rockets series, which is a rematch of the 2015 Western Conference Finals, starts Monday night at Houston.

But if it were up to him, he would have done even more. Durant converted consecutive baskets midway through the second quarter to push Golden State to a lead. In fact, Houston has taken a playoff-high 46 percent of all shots from three-point range in this postseason run.

"It's different. I think our guys are taking the challenge and they're embracing it", Kerr said Thursday. "He can get any shot he wants".

Finally, the time has come for the two best teams to face each other in a matchup that will crown a king of the National Basketball Association.

"We're going to be ready", Capela said.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston. The No 1 and No 2 seed going head-to-head for a place in the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, the Rockets system is nearly entirely dependent on James Harden.

"We are better than them".

The Warriors are the champs, they've knocked the Rockets out of the playoffs twice in the last three seasons.

D'Antoni believes the 6-foot-10 Capela's ability to switch on guards as well as defend in the paint will be a key in this series. "(But) we don't have it.

"You wanted us. You got us", said outspoken Golden State forward Draymond Green. The Warriors' lone victory came with James Harden out, although the Warriors were also without Kevin Durant.

Chris Paul was outshined by Curry once again. Sometimes that gets the best of us. I think he does much better than that tonight with extended minutes. "We can't withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open 3s". If the Rockets do get frustrated, the game can get out of hand in the blink of an eye.

Durant added two free throws to close out the quarter and leave the Warriors up 87-80 entering the fourth.

Kevin Durant would lead the Warriors with 17 first-half points while Klay Thompson had 12.

The Rockets have been deadly from behind the arc in the 2018 playoffs, outscoring opponents by 13.8 points per game from three-point land.

This will be the third playoff meeting between these two teams in the past four years, with the Warriors winning both previous meetings. But while the point guard only took two weeks off in 2016, he rested for almost six weeks this time around. Gordon added 15 points off the bench. I like Green because scoring is not his focus. Examples: The Andrew Bogut-guards-Tony Allen thing in Game 4 of the Memphis series (and the Blues City Cafe dinner!) and the Iguodala-for-Bogut starting lineup change for Game 4 of the Finals vs. Cleveland.

The Warriors can put on a scoring blitz early in games better than any team in the league, maybe other than the Rockets.

How will Golden State handle a road environment? And for the record: Houston's starting five isn't "evenly matched" with Golden State's.

Tuesday, May 22: Houston at Golden State, 9 p.m. "He's a valuable player for us". Can Houston even afford to play him for 33 minutes a game, like he did against Utah?

"But as long as we - I should say as long as I'm in the right spot at the right time and defend and just try to make it as tough as possible, I can be all right with that and just have that competitiveness that we need".

It didn't take long for the Western Conference finals to get physical. Every franchise has money to spend; you can't exactly penalize one for going after the best players they can.