Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Road Warriors? Golden State Favored Despite Houston's Home-Court Advantage

Road Warriors? Golden State Favored Despite Houston's Home-Court Advantage

13 years into his career, CP3 makes the conference finals for the first time. If you're in the way of that, then you happen to be in the way. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990 to May 21, 1991. But they're winners of five straight after a sweep over the Toronto Raptors, and are playing better basketball at the right time (though Toronto's embarrassing effort perhaps made the Cavs look better than they actually were).

And now that these two powers are finally set to meet in the Western Conference finals, Draymond Green says, "It's time to play". And it begins Monday in Houston.

The Pelicans - once confident they could stick with the Warriors after an impressive Game 3 win - didn't know what hit them.

The Rockets may have beaten the Warriors twice during the regular season, but Houston must be aware that every team's performance is different in the playoffs.

"They got us. We got them", Green said.

In the second quarter, Holiday shoved Curry hard into the basket, enraging the two-time MVP who let the officials know how upset he was by the push and no call. When it came to the Warriors closing out their second-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans, coach Steve Kerr did not exactly need to wake up his players with a late-night reminder. They'll have to play elite defense to cover all of the Warriors' weapons. "We are still taking steps toward that, but this is an accomplishment".

So far, instead, the Warriors have found a way to defend both styles, preferring to run with the fast-paced, push-the-tempo Pelicans while dealing with daunting big man Anthony Davis and the imposing load he is in the middle.

The Jazz were hoping Ingles would go on a point scoring spree, but the Australian missed four of his six three-point attempts for 12 points. He followed that up by looking decidedly human in Games 2 and 3, shooting 38.9 percent from the field and making just 7-of-18 3s. "You got to go out there and play, and we'll see who's better". The Pelicans now must decide what they will do with unrestricted free agent DeMarcus Cousins this summer as he rehabs from an Achilles tendon injury and figure out if they want to bring back veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. "Should that surprise me?" Stephen Curry returned to the court in Game 2 of the second round after missing almost six weeks with a sprained MCL. Those were the two games that Iguodala did not play in.

He was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the series. On the other hand, Durant, liked how Kerr handled with Curry with care before unleashing him in Game 5.

The team's fortunes crashed when Mitchell aggravated a left foot injury with seven minutes to go in the game and hobbled to the locker room. New Orleans got back in it with an 11-0 run in the second. Green became the first player to average a triple-double for an entire series in Golden State playoff history. The Jazz scored the next seven points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Royce O'Neale, before Paul made eight quick points to push Houston's lead to 105-96 with about three minutes left.

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