He had a 1-for-10 game from three-point range against Minnesota, shot 6-for-32 from beyond the arc over the last four games against Utah, and was 4-for-16 from the floor in the third quarter of Game 5 before restoring some order. Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener Monday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Curry had 28 points, Kevin Durant scored 24 and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference finals by defeating Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Warriors know this Rockets team is engineered just to topple them, and that might result in the most energized Golden State series we've seen in a long time.
If the Warriors beat the Rockets this series, it will be more due to their superior talent on the court than the Rockets inexperience.
The third game January 20 went to the Rockets and it was a Chris Paul show with the point guard scoring 33 points and assisting 11. It starts with 48 minutes of Hall of Fame-level point guard play from Harden and Paul.
The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are supremely talented squads, and this Western Conference final is going to be quite a show.
In Texas, Chris Paul scored 41 points as Houston made sure of their place in the Conference Finals.
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Barkley feels the Warriors have too much talent in the team to be stopped from making their fourth straight NBA Finals. That set Houston on a path to NBA's best record, as the Rockets remained neck-and-neck with the Warriors until after the all-star break, when injuries hampered Golden State and Houston kept rolling.
Throughout the postseason, Eric Gordon has been pretty disappointing for the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets brought in Paul in hopes it would be enough for them to top the Warriors. Both teams have dominated their opponents throughout the playoffs so far and it should make for an exciting seven-game series.
The former Rockets and Suns star admitted the Rockets duo will struggle to combine their offensive brilliance they have displayed throughout this season and defensive strength when they come up against the "Splash Brothers". "We got a little exhausted and a little rattled and we didn't finish the game we wanted to", he added.
Teams use the playoff pool largely for bonuses for players and staff after the season. It will only be the seventh game this season in which the Warriors have been the underdogs. No, this was CP3 at his finest; snaking the pick-and-roll, dominating from midrange, and in true form for this season, firing away from 3-point range. Paul's 2017-18 stats lined up nearly exactly with his career stats and he actually took more field goal attempts per game than he did last season.
"Noted. Great. We'll see y'all soon", Green said then.