Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors Western Conference Finals Preview
Basketball Tips : The Houston Warriors have been building up for this final since the beginning of the season, in the meantime Golden State Warriors have hit their top form at the right time and proceeded too.
Houston got past Minnesota and Utah without much effort but the real test starts against the Warriors.
Harden has been leading the scoring with Paul and Clint Capela. Paul exploded for 41 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 5 against the Jazz, with Capela leading the playoffs with 2.8 blocks per game and outplaying Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors will have to do it without home-court advantage.
Golden State had little difficulty getting past San Antonio and New Orleans in the playoffs despite the absent of two-time MVP Stephen Curry. Coach Steve Kerr recently changed his starting lineup which sees the Warriors played at their best.
Draymond Green moved to centre with Andre Iguodala starting at small forward. Green is one assist short of averaging a triple-double in the playoffs with Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant all averaging over 20 points.
Kerr might have some concerns about stopping Capela but he has a range of weapons at his disposal so it shouldn’t be a problem. Kevon Looney has emerged as an important defensive presence with JaVale McGee and David West other options at centre.
- James Harden finished with a record 13 turnovers against Golden State in Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference finals.
- James Harden has gone 4 of 22 from 3-point range in his last 3 games.
- Golden State limited James Harden to 6 total free throws in 2 games this season.
- Golden State is 11-4 straight up against Houston over the last 3 seasons.
Houston shown tremendous improvement this season but they can’t afford to lose either of the first two games. They will have to be at their best in every game to stand a chance of winning the series.
The Warriors cruised through the post season in 2017 with 16 wins in 17 games and have an enormous amount of experience. Golden State’s new starting line-up is too versatile and dangerous and the squad has superior depth and flexibility.