Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets, 5-14-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets, 5-14-2018 - Prediction & Preview

"So you know, I try not to look at those games but we kind of know, they know what we do and we know what they do". So even with Durant just two seasons into his part in this Warriors story, do they have the edge and the will to keep it going?

Paul's final stat line reads like a Curry game for the ages: 13-of-22 shooting, 8-of-10 3-point shooting, 7-of-8 foul shooting, seven rebounds, 10 assists, no turnovers and plus-20 in point differential.

On Tuesday night, with Harden struggling, Chris Paul showed that he is the extra superstar that Houston was previously missing.

In order to slow down the Rockets' high-powered offense, Golden State will need to prevent their guards from getting penetration and making plays.

The Rockets went 2-1 during the regular season against the Warriors, including a road victory in their season-opener.

The verbal jousts between the Warriors and Rockets go back to the preseason, with Green questioning Houston's commitment to defense.

Durant also spoke about the tough challenge the Houston Rockets will present during the Western Conference Finals. "It throws a lot of these groups off, but for us, we've got a versatile group that can play different ways". "For us and our families that know each other, for us to finally get an opportunity to play together on the same team after knowing each other for so long, it's cool and special to get a chance to do it with a guy I've been with since we were little", Paul said.

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On top of that, the Rockets won two of three games against the Warriors during the regular season, when the Warriors were the favorites in all three.

Houston has been rolling along all season, following up their 65 regular season wins with eight wins in 10 postseason games. Kevin Durant added 24 points, six rebounds plus seven assists, Klay Thompson finished with 23 and Draymond Green chipped in 19 points, 14 boards plus nine assists. That total is the highest on the secondary market for a Conference Final since TicketIQ began tracking data in 2011.

Taking down the defending champions is a daunting task. Of course, athletes (and National Basketball Association players, in particular) are judged heavily on team success and, as the entire theme in this space dictates, it just hasn't been there.

The Westgate opened the over/under on Game 1 at 225.5. "You see when you let the dog off the leash what happens". We want to win another championship, and don't matter who is in the way of that.

"However, we got them. Now?"

"Noted. Great. We'll see y'all soon", Green said then. The next most expensive Conference Final was $769, when the Warriors met the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016.

It's all we've been asking for.

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