The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will face off in the Western Conference finals. The Golden State Warriors will presumably be their opponent in the next round once they close out the New Orleans Pelicans, and that's the matchup we've been waiting all season to see.
Here's what you need to know about these teams going into the Eastern Conference Finals. But the Warriors have gone through a lot in the playoffs. In the three games, Houston averaged 117.333 points per game, Golden State, 117.666. The talks about a matchup between the two teams to crown the best from the West has been going on since October past year.
"They have made it known that their team is built to beat us", Green said, via ESPN.
"We thought we had the game in hand", Kerr added.
If the Warriors beat the Rockets this series, it will be more due to their superior talent on the court than the Rockets inexperience.
The Warriors have the rings, the experience and the hunger for more. Kerr pointed to the team's winning experience - and desire to earn more of it - as a point in Golden State's favor. We are going to keep improving our roster....
Asked on Tuesday night if he felt like revealing his decision early, Kerr kept it simple:.
"What did somebody say after?" That Boston got to this point is incredible when you consider that they didn't have Irving and haven't had Gordon Hayward all season.
"That's all fine and dandy in January".
"You have to be nearly ideal in what you do and we weren't good enough to overcome the level of talent they have on the court".
Defensively, the Warriors have turned wing Kevin Durant into a weakside rim protector. Paul had always been a master of mid-range jumpers and point guard post-ups. The rookie averaged 23.6 points over the series, and gave the Celtics a player to go to when they needed a bucket.
The Warriors haven't even lost four playoff games total since he showed up; after Tuesday's win, Golden State is now 24-3 in playoff games with Durant, and 55-17 over the past four postseasons since Kerr became head coach.
Curry played his most minutes since missing almost six weeks with a knee injury, finishing with 28 points and helping the Golden State Warriors advance to the Western Conference finals for a fourth straight year by dismantling Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 in Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Taking down the defending champions is a daunting task. Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener Monday night.
The teams first met in 2014-15.
Five months later, this clash of titans has finally arrived. In Game 3 against Utah, he dropped 25 points very efficiently and was a huge reason why the Rockets won.
"We won two championships in three years. We're not about to run off talking about how bad we want to play somebody", Green said. And no matter what happens in that series, it's going to be better than what we get to see between the victor and the Eastern champ in the NBA Finals. If you in the way of that, then you happen to be in the way.
Cleveland's star is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive season - something only four other players have done, and they were all Boston Celtics. "We'll see who better".
"However, we got them, aiight".
It's all we've been asking for.