NBA Playoffs 2018: Warriors-Rockets Combined Playing 12

Posted May 15, 2018

"I feel if the Rockets pull this off that they are the champs because I don't see anybody on the East Coast beating them".

It's on! ABC13 morning anchors made a friendly wager with the morning anchors over at our sister station, KGO in San Francisco, for the Western Conference Finals.

I will say this. I'm not presuming that the Warriors could ever always play like that. Now the Warriors rank as the top defensive squad in the playoffs just ahead of the Rockets. It's certainly something that concerns me in this series but I do feel that the Beard will rise above it and show the league why he's the real MVP for 2017-18 season.

However, don't forget, the Houston Rockets do have home court advantage in this series, which could be a decisive factor if it should go seven games.

Curry has worked himself back into regular season form and in the Game 5 clincher over New Orleans scored a team-high 28 points (10-16 FG, 3-6 3pt, 5-5 FT), grabbed 7 rebounds, dished off 8 assists and had one steal. The Cav-Celts matchup, on the other hand, looks familiar since this will be the second straight time the two will meet following Cleveland's victory last season only to be beaten by Golden State for the title.

But Daryl Morey constructed this team with the objective of beating the Warriors. Nugget sportsbook director Tony Miller said he is asked nearly daily at this point: 'Why can't I bet the Rockets?' Golden State had a 14.9 net rating whenever Curry was on the court, and the team played at an incredibly fast pace, perhaps a good sign for Curry's ability to run up and down the floor before a matchup with Houston.

For Golden State it's familiar territory but this will be a whole new experience for most of Houston's roster. Everything else is noise. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey constructed his roster to match up with the Warriors-even admitting he was obsessed with beating the champs-and brought both players to Houston with an eye on slowing down Durant by bodying him and forcing him to take hard jump shots. There are a lot of caveats and qualifiers in those comments.

Other Rockets fans, like Cedric Burns, said they know their team is up for the challenge, going up against a championship-winning team. (Respect to those teams.) And opposing coaches, in particular, seem particularly flummoxed in the build-up to a series against the boys from The Bay. Sunday was a wakeup call for the Cavaliers that it will take more than LeBron to carry them this round, and the Cavs need to knock down those open shots they missed in Game 1. The underlining issue for Houston's head coach Mike D' Antoni and figure-head James Harden, was lack of championship level defense. Ignorance is sometimes bliss. "Its two stars, Paul and James Harden, are hitting their stride at a flawless time".

"I hope not", he said. He was obviously a teammate of mine for three years, and I know what he's capable of doing, but they got guys that's damn good no matter if they are young or not. The problem for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the surrounding players bringing consistency game in and game out.

That would be an incorrect presumption.