Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener Monday night.
The NBA has been anticipating a 2018 Western Conference Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets for months. Series victor to the NBA Finals, series loser will undoubtedly feel like they let a championship ring slip away.
"It's been awhile since we started out a series on the road", Green said.
As the narrative goes, the Warriors got the job done, withstanding a late rally by the Pelicans to win 113-104.
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Meanwhile, the Rockets get to see if they can stack up against the best when it matters most.
Can Chris Paul and James Harden lead the Houston Rockets to the NBA Finals? So far, so good. He also lost 4-2 to the Thunder while with Los Angeles, and his Clippers had a 3-1 lead in 2015 before Houston won the next three games.
Gobert wasn't awful in the series, but he wasn't the guy that dominated defensively throughout the season.
"He put us all on his back and said, 'Listen, I got us.' That's big time right there". We really believed it. But makes no sense for us to run around: "'We want them as bad as they want us.' For what?"
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And the talking will most definitely continue over the next few days. Defensively, the Rockets are yielding 103.9 points (tied 6th) per game against the opposing teams.
The Pelicans had missed by only three points (59-56), but collapsed, despite Anthony Davis' best scorer at 34 and Jrue Holiday's 27th. "I think it will be very entertaining".
Often times your ability to eliminate teams at the first opportunity available displays your hunger and execution level. "I'm looking forward to it".
ESPN notes that Paul's performance on Tuesday is just the second 40-10 game in a series-clincher in National Basketball Association playoff history, with the other being achieved by Jordan during 1989 when he scored 40 points and 10 assists with six turnovers against the New York Knicks in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semi-finals. And now the Rockets have their chance to do just that. The Warriors won the second meeting 124-114 on January 4 in Houston, but neither Golden State star Kevin Durant nor Rockets star James Harden played. Game 5 marked Golden State's 15th consecutive home playoff victory dating back to the start of the 2017 postseason.
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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. "We played him 37 minutes tonight". "So following that trend for sure". He continues to be anchor on defense for the Houston Rockets. And after Houston beat Golden State 122-121 on opening night of the season, that prompted Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni to turn that phrase back around on Green.