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Steve Kerr's Warriors have never faced a team quite like the Rockets

Steve Kerr's Warriors have never faced a team quite like the Rockets

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is ready for a slugfest with the Golden State Warriors.

Yet there was a stretch late in the regular season when Kerr wasn't sure the Warriors would bounce back defensively and return to their dominant form.

Harden had a down night last night.

The Warriors were unable to pull away in the first 24 due to Anthony Davis' brilliance, scoring 18 points and snagging 10 rebounds. Then the one (Chris Paul) shot up against the backboard. Paul had always been a master of mid-range jumpers and point guard post-ups.

Regardless, Paul has never taken over a game like that during his tenure as a member of the Houston Rockets. He led the way with 28 points.

Draymond Green meanwhile produced another commanding all round performance, with 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.

Paul, 33, had made four previous trips to the second round of the postseason, once with the New Orleans Hornets and three times with the LA Clippers.

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And with the title already secured thoughts moved to the embarrassing moment for Real they'd have to give a guard of honour. It's [injuries] not something that I think about, if I did there would be no point in playing tomorrow.

Whether it was pulling up for some clutch threes or dishing out dimes, Paul did it all. The Pelicans now must decide what they will do with unrestricted free agent DeMarcus Cousins this summer as he rehabs from an Achilles tendon injury and figure out if they want to bring back veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.

Utah regained the lead on a basket by O'Neale before Houston used an 11-5 spurt, with the first five points from Gerald Green, to take a 92-87 lead with about seven minutes left. They're going to need strong production from the 2015 Finals MVP, as well as the little things that make him great, if they are going to advance to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker.

However, the rest of the country isn't too hot about Houston's odds. With that victory and a win over Golden State in the season opener, Houston won the season series 2-1. The Jazz gave the best team in the West a run for their money, and the final scores tell a tale of stratification a championship-caliber team and a playoff contender. Paul's nine All-Star Game appearances matched Dominique Wilkins for the most in National Basketball Association history for a player without a conference finals berth. "Steph and Klay can run around and knock down the three-balls".

Mitchell's x-rays came back negative and he'll be re-evaluated in Utah. However, Kevin Durant has played all season at his normal elite levels.

Even the bench showed up in Games 4 and 5 against the Pelicans- it wasn't as deep as the Warriors or their fans expected, thanks to both matchups and poor play, but Kevon Looney, Shaun Livingston, and even Quinn Cook looked formidable and reliable when they were on the court. Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time).

Ending their year against Houston was probably the best thing that could've happened to this team. He can finally, officially shrug off all of the haters. And, he did it on a historic night for himself. He finished with 41 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, and no turnovers.


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