Thursday, 24 May, 2018

National Basketball Association roundup: Rockets eliminate Utah

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry tries to get past New Orleans Pelicans Rajon Rondo in the first period of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland Calif. on Tuesday Is the playoff stigma officially off Chris Paul now?
Elias Hubbard | 12 May, 2018, 14:15

With one of the best coaches in the National Basketball Association in Brad Stevens and the wonderful young core along with the veteran-ship the Celtics have, it will be a big problem for the Cavaliers.

The Warriors, however, to be as confident as they are careful entering the matchup between the top two teams of the Western Conference. If Houston indulges Golden State in a pure track meet, then this one will get ugly for the Rockets.

Stephen Curry is set to return in Game 2 of the series on Tuesday. It's what squares do, they line up like lemmings and follow each other over the same cliff time and time again.

It doesn't seem realistic for the Celtics to make the NBA Finals without their two best players in Irving and Gordon Hayward. So I believe focusing on Kevin Love and the array of Cleveland shooters will serve them best. Expectations will be higher for them next season. Well, they say there's at least a chance.

Celtics and Warriors: $1,646,226 each so far.

Meanwhile, Cleveland started off the playoffs almost losing in the first round before meeting their personal punching bag in the second round. Let us know below.

The Jazz beat the odds this season even though they didn't win a championship because they overachieved in a tough western conference. In any case, this series will be the most entertaining series in the playoffs by far and the victor will likely be heavily favored against whichever team comes out of the East. They can knock the Celtics around all they want, but they'll keep coming after them.

Tucker is unarguably the most popular former Sun in the era of this eight-year playoff drought.

So now it gets real. The Warriors play well on the road, but if the Rockets can win game one at home, the pressure will shift to the favored Warriors, who have not trailed in a series during the playoffs.

The Houston Rockets traded for Chris Paul last season to help James Harden and give the Rockets a shot at beating the Golden State Warriors.

"It takes away the pick and roll..."

The Rockets that night unveiled the awesome offensive power that eventually carried them to the top of the league in the regular season. The way the Warriors saw it at the time, the No. 2 seed was effectively locked up, so they were going to focus on getting healthy over the last six weeks of the season. When the Warriors are clicking on all cylinders, it's like a constant avalanche. You try to hold them to a low field-goal percentage. That was against Minnesota during that 40 point quarter. All right now, they're in the way.

He can do just that against the Warriors. And if it went seven games it would end in Houston. He lost to the Spurs 4-3 in 2008 while with New Orleans and was swept by San Antonio in 2012 with the Clippers. When the offense of the Pelicans caught fire in game three, the Warriors defense was helpless.

Cleveland wins series 4-0. Which means no easy buckets and crashing the boards on a consistent basis. "Both are ball-dominant and very effective with what they do".

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