The WCF is set to take place Monday May 14th and the entire National Basketball Association world is buzzing for the most anticipated matchup since the start of the National Basketball Association season.
James Harden and Chris Paul have been the stars for the Rockets team that cruised past Utah Jazz in the playoff semi-finals, but Barkley believes the two could come up short when they come up against Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
As NBA.com pointed out, both teams have been the best defensive squads in the postseason, "combining to allow just 100.7 points per 100 possessions". Will Paul, James Harden and company be able to pull it off?
Houston is 0-2 in playoff series against Golden State. The matchups of Steph and Durant vs. James Harden and Chris Paul are nearly too exciting to wait for. "It's a nice feeling to have." he concluded. And who doesn't want that? We're really fighting to get there. All that stuff is cool.
The Rockets could represent the best chance to stop the Warriors from winning three titles in four years. We want to win another championship, and don't matter who is in the way of that.
If it weren't for a beating-the-Warriors obsessed Rockets team led by general manager Daryl Morey, D'Antoni's career might've petered out. "I think I'm not supposed to say that, but we're basically obsessed with 'How do we beat the Warriors?' Last year, the Spurs knocked us off, so we're very anxious about the Spurs". All right, now let's get it.
The Rockets have not yet made that leap, which is a huge psychological factor to have to overcome, especially against an opponent as talented and experienced as the Warriors. Kerr was obviously insinuating that the Rockets likely have some doubts about whether or not they can make it past Golden State because they have never done that together as a group.
The Rockets point guard stepped up when his team needed him the most on Tuesday night, as James Harden was having an off game, as he only produced a performance of 18 points, going 1-of-7 from deep and four rebounds with four assists. "Who plays just for that?"
During the first round, the Rockets, the 1-seed, defeated the 8-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in five games averaging 110.4 points, giving up 101.6. "Houston has gone to this 3-point barrage the last few years, but Chris has made them better because he's shooting those 15-, 17-footers that they didn't have before".
Harden loves that he has so many players around him that have led to the team's success this season and thinks that will be valuable moving forward.
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