National Basketball Association roundup: Rockets eliminate Utah


After the Warriors and Rockets dispatched the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, respectively, the time for that showdown has finally arrived.

Just like in the first round, the Rockets made quick work of the Jazz in five games.

He added: "This is why this [Rockets] team is constructed the way they are, to knock off the Golden State Warriors". Pelicans guards Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo were also spectacular in that series, stymieing the Blazers backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors have been good at the charity stripe, cashing in 81.6 percent of their chances so far. Or, is it just another attempt at mind games from Draymond? Kerr pointed to the team's winning experience - and desire to earn more of it - as a point in Golden State's favor. He also dished out 11 assists and hauled in six rebounds.

When the Warriors won the title in 2015, none of their players had any experience in a championship series.

Curry, who returned for Game 2 after almost six weeks out with a knee injury, knocked down an open 3-pointer midway through the third and raised his hands to get the crowd going, then made another less than two minutes later. That's no disrespect to the East; that's just reality given the seasons that the Warriors and Rockets have had, and the collision course that seemed so inevitable for either to avoid. "The last.four games have been solid".

Then in Game 5 before leaving with a leg injury, Mitchell singlehandedly outscored the Rockets, which boasts a backcourt of James Harden and Chris Paul, in the third quarter (22-21).

If the Warriors can return to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year, they could meet the Cavs once again. It's a series where you've got a lot of shooting out there for Houston, a lot of one-on-one play.

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He averaged 24.5 in those games (44.1% from three-point range), with none better than his 28-point, eight-assists, seven-rebound outing in Game 5. They hit 79.5 percent at the charity stripe. The Rockets took the lead for good right after Mitchell left as they went up 84-82 on a Gerald Green three pointer with 9:41 to go: Utah would get no closer than one down the stretch.

Paul, who scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, totaled seven rebounds with 10 assists (with no turnovers) in the clinching victory. PJ Tucker chipped in 19 points while James Harden finished with 18.

"Last year we had even less ability to overcome what they did offensively", Griffin, now an analyst for SiriusXM, said of the difference between the last two NBA Finals, which the Cavaliers and Warriors split. Each team picked up a win on the road.

Kerr believes his team's experience will count for more than Houston's desire to clinch a first National Basketball Association title in 23 years. The Rockets aren't the Pelicans and Spurs, two teams that are limited in terms of shooters and guys who scare you offensively. The Rockets, when EG is playing well, can match that.

Losing home-court advantage in the opener would be a bummer and would make Game 2 essentially a must-win for Houston.

But it's clear they've been anticipating this meeting so it'll be time for both teams to put their plans into action. The Golden State Warriors come into this series playing pretty well and have their big three clicking on the offensive end. "Tuck has been the same size since he was 10 years old".

The Warriors won the regular season series against the Pelicans 3-1.