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Are the Warriors threatened by the Rockets? Definitely, says coach Kerr

15 May 2018, 10:35 | Pamela Mathis

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Final Prediction: The Golden State Warriors defeat the Houston Rockets 4-2 to advance to the NBA Finals.

Scenes from the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Houston Rockets won 65 games in the regular season, with a league-best plus-8.5 net rating, and only lost two games in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Warriors are slight underdogs on the road in Game 1, but they remain bettors' favorite to win the National Basketball Association title.

Well, that series is here, and the Warriors don't seem all that piqued by the prospect of it starting (and possibly finishing) in the Lone Star State.

Chris Paul didn't have a bad game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Houston would draw within seven on a furious pace of missed layups, turnovers, and a James Harden three-pointer with under four minutes to play.

"This might be a series where you lose one or two and then win four in a row - either side".

This series has everything. And if it went seven games, it would end in Houston. Coach Steve Kerr, however, hasn't seemed overly anxious about the Western Conference Finals-mainly because his team has been there and done that in the playoffs. "We know they are ready, and we'll be ready for them".

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Kerr must be in a fairly good mood if he's making jokes just before his Warriors are about to take on James Harden's Rockets with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.

There's every reason to believe the Rockets are as strong an opponent as any the Warriors faced in the Western Conference over the past four years.

The Rockets insist that their high-powered, three-point centered offense wouldn't work the way it does without the 6-foot-10 Capela.

"We are going to see if they are going to be able to adjust and at times be uncomfortable", said Kenny Smith, TNT analyst and two-time champion with the Rockets. Two Harden free throws followed by a brilliant assist to Clint Capela on a slam dunk would tie the game at 49 with 1:51 remaining in the half and the game would be tied heading into the locker room 56-56 with a lightning-fast paced 14 points in the final 90 seconds. "We need to do a better job of staying up mentally".

Barnett: "Draymond Green, just because of his defense".

"What did somebody say after?" That's gotta be out of your mind, go back and attack, you've just got to play.

"That's all fine and dandy in January". You've got to be ready. The Warriors' lone victory came with James Harden out, although the Warriors were also without Kevin Durant. More importantly, however, both head coaches in Steve Kerr and Mike D'Antoni are preparing their respective teams for one thing they're both known for: going on extended scoring runs.

All it took was one trade by Houston (involving eight players, a draft pick and cash) and some injuries to Golden State for the Warriors to suddenly lose their grip on the Western Conference. Now, with added firepower in veteran Chris Paul, the Rockets have went from being "one piece away", to being the favorite to take down the Golden State Warriors and become a brand new representation in the Western Conference. What about the difference in the teams' third and fourth options? You can't be out there thinking and worry about what's happened. I'm simply underwhelmed-I know people who hold the Warriors' current play against them, as if the least they could give back to the sport was product that showcased them in all their hyper-virtuosic glory.



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