Rockets, Warriors advance to Western Conference finals

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"Last year we had even less ability to overcome what they did offensively", Griffin, now an analyst for SiriusXM, said of the difference between the last two NBA Finals, which the Cavaliers and Warriors split. "It's definitely a family and a personal decision more than career-related". But like I said before, all that stuff is cool.

For months, as a tiresome, 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. He could have also added, "This is why the fans have to watch".

"I don't wanna be stupid about it", D'Antoni told Business Insider in November.

"Whatever it took to win", Paul said.

Through guile, grit, and outstanding coaching, the Celtics went through two teams that had a talent advantage over them.

"Chris is more midrange", Kerr said.

Since, Kerr admitted regret over his decisions and the relationship with his head coach.

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"To win a championship you have to do something that's going to make you uncomfortable".

How can the Warriors defend Paul better? This time around, James saw a switch flip and it was game over from there. "It was 'Camelot, ' but then it wasn't". But Paul, who matched his scoring high for this playoff run, hit a pull-up jumper and found Trevor Ariza for a 3-pointer to put the Rockets back up by double digits and they never looked back.

The Rockets will meet Golden State after the Warriors closed out their series against the New Orleans Pelicans later Tuesday night. The Golden State Warriors would normally be a prohibitive favorite to win the series, except that Steph Curry has just returned to the team, after recovering from some serious injuries. Kerr credited that lineup to former Suns video coordinator Nick U'Ren, who left Phoenix in 2014 to become Kerr's special assistant. They played excellent team ball throughout the season. The roster includes Seven Seconds or Less vet Joe Johnson and former Suns gunner Gerald Green, both midseason pickups. The Rockets have a monumental challenge ahead to take out the Warriors.

The positionless basketball started in Phoenix has come full circle, yet there are vast fundamental differences in what positionless basketball means to each. He was valuable to the team because of his rim protection. He had 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting and Utah took a 78-75 lead into the fourth.

Tucker is unarguably the most popular former Sun in the era of this eight-year playoff drought.

For KD to have this much knowledge of Houston's defensive methods shows that he's certainly been paying close attention to them all season in preparation for this moment. The Rockets opened at +155, meaning a $100 bet would win a net of $155 if Houston prevails. They've been to The Finals three straight years. Of course, we're going to be ready. "He's the piece that gives them the most versatility because he's a 7-foot, guard-skilled big man who is their best rim protector". I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense - all the switches, the weak side - and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them.

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