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Chris Paul Not Celebrating Western Conference Finals Appearance

Chris Paul Not Celebrating Western Conference Finals Appearance

If Golden State can disrupt his rhythm, the Warriors should be able to control the series.

The Warriors had bumps along the way this season and finished seven games behind Houston.

Paul did just that on Tuesday by sending the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals with a 41-point, 7-rebound, 10-assist performance.

The Rockets are coming off back-to-back five game series' in which they simply overwhelmed the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz.

The Warriors advance to play the top-seeded Houston Rockets in what has always been an anticipated Western Conference finals matchup - with a Finals feel, perhaps - and one Golden State will start on the road Monday night.

Ahead of Golden State's upcoming clash with the Houston Rockets, Green said, "It's time to play", according to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes.

No, the goal seems to be two wins and a demoralizing start to the series for the Rockets - don't just negate home-court advantage, swing the advantage your way.

These two teams met three times this season, with Houston winning two of the three meetings. The Rockets are 2-1 both straight up and against the spread vs.

Everyone - the Warriors, the Rockets, the media, the fans - has been ready for this since opening night, when the Rockets came here to Oracle Arena and beat the Warriors even with Paul dealing with an injury that would keep him out for the season's first month. Golden State's one win was a 124-114 victory at the start of this year.

Golden State's 2015 National Basketball Association title run, Kerr's first-year as an National Basketball Association head coach, was only the start.




This is the third time these teams have met in the playoffs and the Rockets have not fared well against the Warriors in their short history.

Ray Allen is still the league's all-time leader in playoff 3-pointers made, with 385.

While getting some rest after a dominant sweep in the second round, LeBron James tuned into Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz.

Meanwhile, Paul was at the center of the Houston offense to close the game. However, this Pelicans team is far different from what it was in the early part of the regular season.

E'Twaun Moore scored 20 and Jrue Holiday 19, but New Orleans reserves combined for just 14 points after scoring 32 two nights earlier. Their lowest, 90, in a Game 4 loss.

If both series end in sweeps - unlikely, of course, but possible - the Boston-Cleveland victor would have 10 days off before The Finals and the Houston-Golden State victor would have nine.

Both Houston and Golden State concluded their semifinal series Tuesday night.

Nearly seven months later, the conference finals begin with Cleveland at Boston, Golden State at Houston. The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 116-101.

Draymond Green almost had a triple-double, scoring 19 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out nine assists.

"You think like that, and you take yourself out of the game a little bit", he said. "I'll continue to get better, continue to get my timing right, continue to get back to the normal rotation, the normal minutes I'm out there playing".


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