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 know.so 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.

Related Articles:



« Previous article
Next article »


Popular Pages

Lions coach Patricia hits back over 1996 allegation
We have always been confident in Matt's character and recommended him highly to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions ". Wood said the Lions had not employed that firm for their background check.

Webb Simpson Runs Away From Contenders At The Players
South African Charl Schwartzel (67) and Americans Xander Schauffele (67) and Jimmy Walker (67) tied for second on 14-under. He led the field in putting during his four-shot victory at The Players Championship, and that wasn't just one great week.

Mohamed Salah sets new Premier League goal record, eclipses Shearer, Ronaldo, Suarez
I have no problem concentrating on Brighton , I have not been skipping forward to think about Real Madrid. The boys are humans, not machines, and we had a lot of injury problems.

Kane fires Spurs into 3rd spot
But Pochettino expects a hard off-season as Spurs try to compete with the likes of City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool . To challenge next season Spurs will probably have to spend big, but Pochettino still believes his way can be successful.

Australian police identify victims in worst mass shooting since 1996
The children were on the Autism spectrum, said a friend of the family, who is in the same home-schooling network. In Osmington and in Margaret River , though, there was little interest in political debates.

City and Salah break records as Liverpool take top-four spot
Added Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: "Not many people would say we would get to the Champions League final". However, a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke sealed their fate to cap a 10-game winless streak to end a sorry season.

India's stubbornness hampered proceedings of Mumbai attacks case: Nisar
Sitharaman also said that it proved India's position that the handlers of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack were in Pakistan. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd back together or so it appears
E! was told by a source last month that Hadid and The Weeknd had been "secretly seeing each other recently" but weren't official. Abel reached out to Bella asking to hang out and catch up, and she made a decision to see him and see where things go.

Watch Trailer for Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'
The first BlacKkKlansman trailer dropped and it seems like law enforcement got the drop on David Duke's Ku Klux Klan. Adam Driver co-stars, and the cast includes Laura Harrier , Topher Grace , Ryan Eggold , and Robert John Burke .

Pakistani terrorists carried out 26/11 Mumbai attacks, admits former PM Nawaz Sharif
Several publications in India as well as the current affairs shows across the border gave extraordinary coverage to the statement. Sharif, known for his pro-India views, is perceived by Pakistan's Army as a politician who has challenged their authority.