"Our guys have rings".
Golden State signed Durant a year later, and Houston traded for Chris Paul less than a year ago. There is nothing attractive about James Harden moving slightly in front of a defender to earn three shots at the line, there is nothing handsome about P.J. Tucker or Eric Gordon extinguishing the Jazz's playoff life, there is nothing lovely about seeing Chris Paul hit midrange, elbow jumper after midrange, elbow jumper. His numbers alone are Hall of Fame worthy even without the ring. Players are petrified of being the new version of Malone or Barkley. Now that the series has finally been made official, everyone will be forced to wait just a little bit longer.
As highlighted by LeBron James taking a four-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Finals, this isn't always true. Instead it was the wily veteran, who gave us glimpses of the Paul we fell in love with early in his career in New Orleans.
He never completely blended on a Thunder team that had Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. Smart, team-oriented players. The part D'Antoni left out, for obvious reasons, was what the Jazz will be next year. He was surrounded by David West in his prime, and Peja Stojakovic. According to oddsmakers, the Warriors are favored, as they are getting odds of -200 to win the series. You've got to see us. But Draymond Green, who had 19 points, came up with two crucial late scores to see the Warriors home safely.
Chris Paul has basically maintained the same scoring and assists pace no matter where he's played.
Houston beat Golden State two out of the three times the teams played each other this season. Ultimately, the Clippers outperformed their talent at the time.
"However, we got them, aiight". Then Paul made jumpers on the next four Rocket possessions.
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On Monday, May 14 at 8PM Central at Toyota Center in Downtown Houston, the Rockets will get their first chance at attempting to dethrone the defending champs.
And Houston did it with Paul looking more like Curry than Stockton. He is finally paired with another National Basketball Association great.
The free throws Harden was able to conjure up against the Warriors were the garden brand variety for him, drawing contact on unrelenting drives to the rim. Our team showed great resilience and fought our way to the playoffs. The Houston Rockets are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. It's been fun to watch Paul excel in his role as floor general and outspoken leader. Excluding Paul and Tucker, Houston shot 5 of 22 on 3-pointers. It's a lovely thing to watch. The Golden State Warriors have split their last eight road games.
The Rockets, on the other hand, opened as + 155.
"We're not about to run around like, 'Yeah, we want to play them in the conference finals.' For what?" It would be a great ending to a Hall of Fame career if he could grab that Larry O'Brien trophy as his final act.
The 33-year-old scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, answering everything the Jazz tried to do in order to close out the game and series. All that matters now is that the Rockets find a way to win the championship.