Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Warriors Playoff Scouting Report: Houston Rockets Guards

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Domingo Copeland | 10 May, 2018, 14:23

You can't take that away from them. Well if the Warriors didn't have two-time MVP Steph Curry available to clock in for this showdown, then it would be 100 percent plausible to pick the Rockets.

Curry returned, after nearly six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury in Game 2, against the Pelicans and was used sparingly by coach Kerr in the initial games. Harden, whose only trip to the Finals came with Oklahoma City in 2012 when the Durant-Russell Westbrook Thunder lost to Miami, had the worst finish of any star player in the 2017 playoffs in the second-round loss to San Antonio. Favors bounced back after a pair of injury-plagued seasons and averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds and accepted a more complementary role this season. The Golden State Warriors have a date with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets won 65 regular season games and are 8-2 this postseason, yet aren't favored to advance out of the series despite home-court advantage. Golden State has to rediscover their perimeter shooting: after hitting 39.1 percent of their three point attempts in the regular season, they're down to 32.9 percent in the playoffs.

In the first quarter of the Warriors' 113-104 win over New Orleans, he took a break from jawing with Rajon Rondo and firing up his team to engage in some levity.

If I were a gambling man, I'd bet the Warriors, but I'm also a passionate fan who would throw aside all reason and bet with my heart. Having finished the regular season as the Western Conference's No. 1 seed, Houston has to be feeling good about this matchup.

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"The first two games here, we've gotten production out of the bottom of the order and that sets up nicely for the top of the order", Hinch said. James Harden, in just his second game back from a hamstring injury scored 22 points, none more important than his step-back jumper over Steph Curry to seal things for the Rockets and send the Toyota Center crowd into a frenzy. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the win. And while the Pelicans were able to rally late in the fourth, it wasn't enough.

13 years into his career, CP3 makes the conference finals for the first time. He said, 'You get out the way. They became just the 21st squad in National Basketball Association history to win that many games.

Rockets star James Harden, who was kept quiet with a relatively modest haul of 18 points, paid tribute to Paul's performance. "I'll continue to get better, continue to get my timing right, continue to get back to the normal rotation, the normal minutes I'm out there playing and hopefully won't look back".

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