Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Chris Paul makes a conference final

Western Conference finals set for Warriors-Rockets: 2018 NBA Playoffs rewind Chris Paul joins Michael Jordan as only two players in history with 40-10 stat line in series clincher
Tamara Craig | 10 May, 2018, 14:26

This one is going to be a tough, uphill battle but you know the series victor is likely a heavy favorite in the NBA Finals. Check. Morey also wanted this squad to win more games in the regular season than any team in Rockets history.

" JAMES HARDEN, Houston Rockets guard, on how his team-mate Chris Paul (above) can be a big threat to opponents".

Over the course of 82 games and the first two rounds of this year's playoffs, the entire basketball world anticipated a collision course between the sport's two most dominant forces: the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

Steph Curry was looking carefree, like the knee injury never happened.

This off-season won't be like a year ago with the Gordon Hayward circus, but the longest tenured player on the team, Derrick Favors will be an unrestricted free agent. They will now play against the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals after accomplishing a 4-1 series win.

Tuch scores 2, Golden Knights beat Sharks 5-3 in Game 5
BC-HKN-Golden Knights-Vegas Born, 133 Las Vegas has fallen in love with Golden KnightsAP Photo NVJL108, NVJL109Eds: APNewsNow. Fleury posted shutouts in Games 1 and 6 against the Sharks and was also spectacular in an overtime win in Game 3 .

Crystallizing Houston's most-overlooked player, Clint Capela, against Golden State's scant centers, could be this ring-driven roster's paramount piece in undermining the Warriors front and backcourt.

Game 6 of that series, if necessary, would be Friday in Philadelphia, with a potential Game 7 scheduled for Sunday back in Boston.

The Jazz, playing without their two top point guards (the injured Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum), gamely stayed in the game even after star Donovan Mitchell was injured in the fourth quarter. "Just watch and just understand what I could do to get better". The Warriors Community Foundation will donate $15,000 to the charity Durant chose, Oakland Elizabeth House, which provides residences to women and children who have been homeless or faced violence or addiction. The two teams will battle for the right to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. Houston beat Minnesota in five games in the first round and dispatched Utah in five in the conference semifinals as they took a 112-102 win at home Tuesday night. When the teams were healthy, Houston prevailed: they rallied for a 122-121 win on the road on Opening Night and then won the final meeting in late January.

Draymond Green's incredible help defense will also contribute to Golden State's effort to contain Harden and Paul, and Kevin Durant can add some extra length around the rim. General manager Dennis Lindsey says the team will be focused on internal improvements first during the offseason. PJ Tucker chipped in 19 points while James Harden finished with 18. "I don't know what it's supposed to feel like, but we've still got a lot of work to do". He played 37.4 minutes per game.

But now we get the matchup we've been waiting for.

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