Chris Paul on WCF - 'Who plays for just that?'

Chris Paul on WCF - 'Who plays for just that?'

Chris Paul on WCF - 'Who plays for just that?'

Houston lost to the Warriors 4-1 when they last reached the conference finals in 2015. Paul primarily blamed himself for their failure to advance to the conference final the previous year, in 2014, as he committed two turnovers and an uncharacteristically ill-advised foul in the final 17.8 seconds of a pivotal Game 5 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who rallied from seven points down in the last minute.

With James Harden sick, Paul stepped up with 41 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds to seal a 4-1 series victory.

A Klay Thompson jumper 14 seconds into the third quarter ignited a 10-0 Golden State burst within the opening two minutes of the third frame that would rebuild a double-digit advantage. The Warriors, come to think of it, might need to wrap it up in six if they're going to pull this off.

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have met for the past three years in the NBA Finals, and it's looking increasingly likely a fourth matchup will be in the cards this postseason. Curry went 3-6 from beyond the arc, his 79th consecutive playoff game with a three-point basket, extending the longest streak in National Basketball Association history.

The veteran has hardly been needed to do it all this season due to Harden's brilliance, but the win was a reminder of the luxuries Houston are equipped with.

Barkley, who is not a fan of the Rockets, is notorious for his negative comments about his former team.

Despite making the playoffs and performing well during the postseason, Wade also lost in the Rookie of the Year voting to James. They're always one step ahead of every organization and guard us better than anyone. Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors players will have Wednesday off. Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener Monday night.

There shouldn't be much stock put in their three regular-season matchups.

Morey posted an animation of two larger-than-life robots duking it out to his Twitter account on Tuesday night, a not-so-subtle nod to the upcoming series.

Clint Capela doesn't seem to agree.

But even for his Houston Rockets teammates, what they saw from him Tuesday night was on another level. "You got to go out there and play, and we'll see who's better". He put us all on his back and said listen: 'I got us'.

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The Warriors earned their fourth straight Western Conference finals berth by eliminating the Pelicans.

Houston won two of three meetings against the Warriors during the regular season.

Meanwhile, the Rockets get to see if they can stack up against the best when it matters most. If (you're) in the way of that, then you happen to be in the way.However, we got them. We were all counting the days until this Houston experiment would inevitably have to go up against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

"In my head when I'm out there, (I'm) just trying to play free and not worry about anything and continue to try to get my rhythm on both ends and keep moving, Curry said after Game 5". However, we got them. "They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy" - here he bumps a table repeatedly with his hand for emphasis, getting excited -"because teams know they don't have a (expletive) clue".

As pointed out, both teams have been the best defensive squads in the postseason, "combining to allow just 100.7 points per 100 possessions".

The buildup for this series truly began in February, with some pointed comments from Golden State's Draymond Green.

"Unbelievable", Harden said of Paul. It's not like at the beginning of the game, everything just opened up for him. Stephen Curry (11) and Kevin Durant (8) combined for 19 of the 27 points.

The Warriors have versatile defenders unlike any other team in the league.

"Yeah, I feel good".

The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to build something. If he can play 37 minutes in a playoff game, then I think he's OK.

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