Jazz at Rockets, Pelicans at Warriors

  • Jazz at Rockets, Pelicans at Warriors

Jazz at Rockets, Pelicans at Warriors

The logic behind getting to the basket is obvious, but the rationale behind eschewing the mid-range jump shot is almost as simple: making a 3-pointer provides 50 percent more value than a long 2-point shot, a disproportionate reward when comparing difficulties.

Houston returns to the conference finals for the first time since 2015.

"It's the process man", he said. I thought that Alvin Gentry's defensive game plan the past two contests was very solid - what he chose to give up was mid range jumpers from Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, and low to mid post looks for Durant against Jrue Holiday.

"I just challenged him (Durant) to be who he is".

Chris Paul has finally done it.

The Western Conference semifinal rolls on in the city by the bay.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) is helped off the court after sustaining an injury during the second half of Game 5 against the Houston Rockets in their second-round playoff series on Tuesday.

"He's not even thinking about that honestly", Harden said. They had their one hiccup in Game 3 and could be in for another big night Tuesday.

The James Harden-led Rockets responded to that home loss by beating the Jazz in the next two games in Salt Lake City to sit on the brink of a much-anticipated match-up with the Golden State Warriors. VIDEO: Kevin Durant talks with Mindi Bach after Warriors win in Game 4Golden State can advance to its fourth straight Western Conference finals with a Game 5 win at home, where it has won 14 consecutive playoff games, one shy of the National Basketball Association record. The Rockets' defensive efficiency rating of 103.8 points per 100 possessions was sixth, an improvement from coach Mike D'Antoni's first Rockets season past year, when they were 18th (106.4). "It's going to be a hard, hard thing to do". "I think I'm not supposed to say that, but we're basically obsessed with 'How do we beat the Warriors?'". "You'd have to talk to him a little bit (but) I'm sure it's on his mind". Golden State pulled away after that point, going on a 16-5 run spanning the second and third quarters to open a 15 point advantage. "That's all fine and dandy in January, but now they got us, and we got them". The same guys are getting it done that have been from game 1 of the season. He's missed the entire series with a strained left hamstring, but was listed as questionable before Sunday's game and could be well enough to play on Tuesday. He has racked up at least nine rebounds and nine assists in every game of the series.

This a low-priced and high-risk yet potential high-reward play because this space thinks Klay Thompson is due for a breakout game to help the Warriors finish off the Pelicans.

Warriors lead series 3-1. The teams didn't meet during the 2017 postseason, but the Warriors won a five-game series in the first round of the 2016 playoffs.

"We've got to win one game at Oracle and that's the one that we play next", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. 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. It's been done before. "I just try to play with force no matter if I missed shots or not, just keep shooting, keep being aggressive". He played 37 minutes and finished plus-9.

When the Warriors were in danger of seeing their series lead disappear in Game 4, Kevin Durant stepped up and scored 38 points on 27 field-goal attempts.

Draymond Green was within one assist of a triple-double in the 113-104 victory, scoring 19 points and having 14 rebounds.

Anthony Davis has been anything but a disappointment for New Orleans.

Durant appreciated Green's encouraging message, which reminded him to be himself and to take over the game. New Orleans, on the other hand, went 48-34, which earned them the 6 seed.

The Pelicans made a tremendous effort in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to just seven points in the closing minutes. And if they happen to come back to California for Game 7, they'll address it then.