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12 May, 2018, 14:15 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is helped off the court after sustaining an injury against the Houston Rockets

The Golden State Warriors haven't had the same level of determination this year, due to a variety of well reported reasons.

The Houston Rockets last won the Western Conference Finals in 1995 and they have four titles in franchise history.

For months, as a boring, injury-riddled regular season trudged along with zero to truly motivate the defending champs, as it became clearer with every late-season sprain and loss that they were destined for the second seed, not first, the team's key figures began salivating and targeting, not fearing, what's to come on Monday night: Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in Houston, not Oakland.

Ahead of Golden State's upcoming clash with the Houston Rockets, Green said, "It's time to play", according to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes. The Rockets will have home court advantage in the seven-game marquee series.

This Warriors team is eight wins away from achieving its goal of winning another championship - and it might seem insane, but it sure seems like losing a lot more often than usual in the regular season is only going to help their chances of notching those first four wins.

Whether Looney's role in the playoffs is over or not, it is clear that he has become a key part of the Warriors' future. All of the wins by both teams were on the road. Houston's net rating was 8.5, to 8.0 for the Warriors. Houston won 65 games during the regular season, the most of any postseason opponent Golden State has had over the past four years.


In their careers against the Rockets, Steph Curry averaged 22.6 points per game on 47 percent shooting overall and 40 percent from deep, with Kevin Durant 26.7 points per game on 48 percent shooting overall and 40 percent from deep. Harden has 285 points to James' 377.

While getting some rest after a dominant sweep in the second round, LeBron James tuned into Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz. And if it went seven games it would end in Houston. Their least amount of points scored was 100, a win while holding Utah to 87 in Game 4. Instead of great three-point shooters who are decent defenders. Their lowest, 90, in a Game 4 loss.

Houston will meet the victor of the series between Golden State and New Orleans, which the Warriors lead 3-1.

Both Houston and Golden State concluded their semifinal series Tuesday night.

Thursday, May 24: Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m.

Golden State will trot out a veritable All-Star team when the series begins as Steph Curry has returned to the lineup after being sidelined with an MCL sprain in his left knee throughout the opening round against San Antonio. However, Golden State's offense is potent, too - the Warriors' "Hamptons Five" lineup, featuring Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, has outscored opponents by nearly 41 net points per 100 possessions while also allowing fewer than 87 points per 100 possessions in its 54 minutes. Once you get the first one, there's a little bit of house money.

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