Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

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Golden State are the defending champions and have reached the last three NBA Finals under Steve Kerr - winning twice - and possess a frightening All-Star roster. In fact, he dismisses any edge people believe the Rockets to have. Houston trailed only Golden State in offensive production during the regular season, 113.5 PPG vs. 112.4 PPG, and has the wherewithal to contain Golden State just enough if Houston's offense is clicking.

Over the past five years, Stephen Curry and Chris Paul established a bit of a point guard rivalry whenever the Golden State Warriors and LA Clippers linked up.

In their second meeting this season, the Warriors were without Kevin Durant and the Rockets were without James Harden. The Rockets scored 114.6 points per 100 possessions, the 11th highest since 1979-80, the first year the National Basketball Association adopted the three-point line, while shooting 46 percent from the field and 36 percent behind the arc, giving them an effective field goal rate of 55.1 percent, the ninth-highest over that span and second highest in 2017-18 after the Warriors. And its overall postseason net rating (plus-9.5) is slightly higher due to better defense.

The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics stand in their way, but we've seen this story before and know how it ends. That's been kind of the M.O. of this team.

Not only is Golden State threatened, you might want to consider it an underdog. Chris Paul had 41 points and 10 assists in their last game, proving that he still has it what it takes to beat the best of the best, and hopefully the rest of the Rockets do, too, because this has the makings of a classic.

The Warriors will now travel to top-seeded Houston for game one of the Western Conference finals on Monday.

Curry returned in Game 2 against the Pelicans and had a sensational playoff debut, scoring 28 points in 25 minutes. This will definitely be a series to watch because of the strong offensive talent both teams bring to the court. "We don't have to run around talking about how bad we want to play somebody".

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