How Rockets Can Upset Warriors

Grant SmithMay 15, 2018

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) compete for a loose ball during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston.

Kerr was asked about playing Houston and said that while his Warriors are concerned about playing the Rockets, he still likes the position Golden State is in right now.

And yet despite what looks like relative parity, there doesn't seem to be much question about who will emerge from the two series. They're an uninspiring fact of the league, the yardstick by which every other team is judged. Still, Curry and the Warriors destroyed Chris Paul when he was on the Clippers and could certainly do the same in this series. So does Sporting News.

Stephen Curry looks healthy, Draymond Green is again dominating, and Kevin Durant can spell the difference, reasons why the Warriors, according to Botkin, will win. In total, that leaves 26 of 29 writers across those sites betting on the Warriors and 25 of 29 going with the Cavs. I'm not presuming that the Warriors could ever always play like that. We have seen Golden State (pre-Durant) both come back from and surrender a 3-1 series lead in the same postseason.

Thompson has averaged 17.3 points, 2.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds with +/- of +7.5 through the three times these teams have faced each other through the season which is in line with his seasonal averages of 20/4/3. Let's go get another one. Instead of the NBA Finals, it's the western conference final that has most real NBA fans intrigued. Both teams in this series are owed a shot to decide who's better without any lingering questions. Houston is good - that's readily admitted - but I don't get the sense that they believe the Rockets will offer something they can't handle. They don't think that they have a chance at winning it all with the Warriors in the way. The Rockets will need Clint Capela to be a factor if they want to win the conference finals, and his job gets a lot easier if Curry is slowed down even the slightest bit. Kerr's voice began to ring hollow at times, leading him to try different tactics to engage his team; he even allowed players to run the timeout huddles in a game against the Phoenix Suns in February. "And we haven't shown that yet and that's the doubt in most people's minds, until you show it they don't we've just got to beat them and show them we can do it". If they can do that and avoid giving up efficient, 35-plus-point games, Houston will be in good shape. "This is the most dialed we've been all year".

While no team can match Golden State's star power, Houston have managed to close the gap by adding maestro Chris Paul to MVP frontrunner James Harden. Paul helped James Harden become the MVP favorite this season while the Rockets knocked the Warriors off the No. 1 seed in the West for the first time since Kerr's arrival in Oakland. To me the hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player or as a team because you don't know.

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