Warriors wanted to face Rockets in playoffs to shut them up

Via @DefPenHoops

The matchup National Basketball Association fans have anticipated all season-Rockets vs. Warriors-finally gets underway Monday night.

And on ESPN, 19 of 22 experts picked the Warriors, while a different 19 of 22 picked the Cavs. They feel like, 'OK, we don't have home court for the first time, ' but we seem to be at our best when we are threatened. At least to us regular folks who don't actually have to play in Game 1. I said, "Look man, Rockets may be able to give you all some problems". "I've been on both sides of the equation in series like this as a player, as a coach". "Because they're capable of it".

Thompson has averaged 17.3 points, 2.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds with +/- of +7.5 through the three times these teams have faced each other through the season which is in line with his seasonal averages of 20/4/3.

"I hope not", he said. "We want to win another championship and it don't matter who is in the way of that".

It seems as though the only ones who can slow the Warriors down when they're on a roll are the Warriors themselves. Or maybe, having already gone 73-9, they no longer had anything to prove outside of winning more titles. "We got a puncher's chance". But if the Warriors advance - meaning the casino will have to pay out on those bets anyway - that obviously means Fertitta's Rockets will be out of contention. They went up 3-1 on the Warriors before the Warriors mounted a comeback to win the series. Forget the Capela comments or the Rockets' record - the circumstances of Monday's Game 1 should get the job done for Golden State. The two-time MVP scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting in his most minutes yet since the March 23 injury - 37 - in the Game 5 clincher last Tuesday night.

While the Cavs/Celtics series has either the possibility of going six or seven games, or more of a blowout in the Cavs' favor, this series has the makings of going long distance, as fans have been waiting to experience all season long. Paul helped James Harden become the MVP favorite this season while the Rockets knocked the Warriors off the No. 1 seed in the West for the first time since Kerr's arrival in Oakland. They're an uninspiring fact of the league, the yardstick by which every other team is judged.

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The Rockets also match up fairly well with the Warriors as they've acquired a strong crop of wing defenders and one of the best point guard defenders in league history in CP3.

Compare the Warriors' confidence - unbridled but substantiated - with how most of the Warriors' playoff opponents speak about Golden State heading into a series.

Sunday we saw what looked like the Cavaliers' regular season defense, which was 29th in the league.

They still have the hardware. Will his lateral movement be what it needs to be for him to stick in front of the likes of James Harden and Chris Paul? Our guys have rings. That's a good position to be in. "I continue to get better, continue to get my timing right, continue to get back to the normal rotations".

"Once you get the first one, there's a little bit of house money".

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