Rockets, Warriors advance to Western Conference finals

  • Rockets, Warriors advance to Western Conference finals

Rockets, Warriors advance to Western Conference finals

Like Houston, Golden State had a similar journey. "It's definitely a family and a personal decision more than career-related".

This year's Western Conference Finals features the top-seeded Houston Rockets taking on the second-seeded Golden State Warriors. These five keys will decide if they stay on top of the West, or if a new NBA Finals team emerges for the first time since 2015. The rookie averaged 23.6 points over the series, and gave the Celtics a player to go to when they needed a bucket.

This is the eighth time Cleveland and Boston have met in the postseason. The Celtics did the same against Golden State ... but Irving played in all four of those games.

But how this Houston season will be remembered hinges largely on the outcome of this series.

The Warriors went 1-2 against the Rockets in the regular season, but neither team was ever at their full roster in the games.

Golden State is now the betting favorite to win the National Basketball Association title. The real question that looms for me about this series is: Will Chris Paul and James Harden show up or disappear in the series? Those two guards, there's no stopping them by yourself.

Will update with trends once they're released.

The defending champion Warriors, who cruised to 58 wins this season without breaking a sweat, have made three straight NBA Finals appearances, winning twice.

"I feel confident in what I'm able to do out there", Curry said.

James is No. 2 on the all-time list with 346 playoff 3-pointers.

Joel Embiid's confrontation with Terry Rozier on Monday almost resulted in fisticuffs, but his interaction with Marcus Morris ended with the best in-game trolling seen in these playoffs. Allen played in 171, and James has played in 228. Houston won the first game of the season, on October 17, 122-121. That total is the highest on the secondary market for a Conference Final since TicketIQ began tracking data in 2011. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.

That's even more pronounced in this round. But four times in the last seven years, a team has dropped Game 1 in this round and made The Finals anyway. Look for him to start getting some friendly rolls in the Conference Finals. They were an unbeaten 3-0 at home while going 1-1 on the road in the series, but had a date set up with Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in the second round. There's no games until Sunday, and there's no games in either series on May 17 and 18. The last two games were played at Toyota Center. "Chris is the obvious difference in their team now", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Thursday after practice. All that matters now is that the Rockets find a way to win the championship. If they succeed to defeat the Warriors, Paul may have the opportunity to face his close pal, LeBron James, in the 2018 NBA Finals.

Harden loves that he has so many players around him that have led to the team's success this season and thinks that will be valuable moving forward.