It's very likely that most-if not all-of the games in this series play out in a similar fashion, and it could very well come down to who performs better in the clutch. The Warriors will be waiting to strike in Game 1, but if the Rockets can win on Monday, it could give them a huge mental lift.
Boston Celtics players, from left, forward Jayson Tatum, guard Marcus Smart (36), forward Al Horford and forward Marcus Morris, far right, cheer from the bench during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston. "I like where we are", Kerr said.
They're able to flip home court early in this series. Coach Steve Kerr, however, hasn't seemed overly anxious about the Western Conference Finals-mainly because his team has been there and done that in the playoffs. He has bounced back well from his injury and is averaging 19.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals per game all the while shooting from 44 percent from beyond the arc and 47.8 percent from the field. "It's a must that you have to have (someone like him) against Golden State or they're going to get you", he said.
While I don't hate the Warriors, though, I can't say I have any special affinity for them like I once did, or really feel much one way or the other about them.
"There's always like a show wherever we go", Iggy said. They are loaded. They are well coached... Sure, they are technically subjective rankings, but it'd be hard to make a case against that order.
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Monday's game will be a new experience for the Warriors. They don't think that they have a chance at winning it all with the Warriors in the way.
The Rockets, sparked by National Basketball Association scoring champion James Harden, were 2-1 against Golden State in the regular season and went a league-best 65-17 overall, seizing a home-court advantage in the series.
That's how long it has been since the defending champs started a series on the road. This team lost their two best players (Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving) before the playoffs began and somehow knocked off both Giannis Antetokounmpo's Bucks and the up-and-coming 76ers. "Once you get the first one, there's a little bit of house money, but you want it again because it's an unbelievable feeling".