Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will face the Houston Rockets for a place in the National Basketball Association finals after the Western Conference heavyweights wrapped up series wins Tuesday.
"We love his intensity, and when it's channeled in productive plays, whether it's stuff that doesn't show up in the stats sheet, or if it does we really rely on that", Curry said.
It's so hard to match the Warriors' firepower, but Mike D'Antoni's Rockets squad seems capable of doing so, and it certainly helps that they have home-court advantage.
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. "We were just a shell of ourselves that last week".
But this Rockets team is arguably the best team the Warriors the have faced over the last four years in the playoffs. We will see Clint Capela being guarded by Kevin Durant or Green. "That's insane if you think about the turnaround". Like I've said before, all that stuff is cool. "We know that they are ready", Coach Steve Kerr said.
Golden State's performance featured great balance as their Big Four combined for 94 points.
The Jazz were without Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum because of hamstring injuries.
"I did everything I could", Rubio said. More importantly, he looked spry and offered no complaints about pain or limitations from the knee. And they have an awesome coach in Brad Stevens and still have a very real shot to make the Finals; they now have a 3-1 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. Now, after a grueling season, he can finally bask in his accomplishments. You can't take that away from them. For the caliber of talent he was blessed with, it's insane to me this is the first time in his career he's reached this level. That's as close as the Pelicans would get for the duration of the contest, as the Dubs came roaring out to start the second half.
I believe they are, but it's disrespectful to what the Rockets have accomplished this season to dismiss that question without some serious contemplation. He is pushing himself to become an All-Star, a top defensive player and even an MVP at some point. "I think both teams are different and playing better". "So, it's kind of like a relationship where you've been through so much together, there's no sense in breaking it up".
However, If I'm forced to be as objective as possible, I don't think I would fervidly dissuade someone from betting on the Rockets.
Dante Exum will be a restricted free agent, meaning the Jazz can match any offer he receives. General manager Dennis Lindsey says the team will be focused on internal improvements first during the offseason. Paul wants to get rid of this curse and reputation as a guy who can't win the big game. "I'm not going to lie to you".
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