NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Celtics vs. Warriors will be your Finals matchup

NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Celtics vs. Warriors will be your Finals matchup

NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Celtics vs. Warriors will be your Finals matchup

They won't know who won until June 25 - after the season. Rudy Gobert turned in his best game of the series with 12 points, nine boards, and five blocks. Paul has been a model of consistency throughout the playoffs, and while MVP candidate James Harden has been great at times, he has had some poor offensive performances as of late. "[To have] an opportunity for him that he's never had before. Alright, now let's get it. Let's get to it now". "It doesn't matter what gym we're in or who's the refs, or who's in the stands - am I going to be locked in?" "There have been bigger upsets in sports history". Coach Mike D'Antoni disclosed that Harden wasn't feeling well Tuesday, and he looked a little worn down postgame. They are now on a collision course in the Western Conference Finals, a series basketball fans have been waiting for since November.

"It's just fun", he said.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) tries to dribble around New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11), on May 6, 2018.

Paul, who scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, totaled seven rebounds with 10 assists (with no turnovers) in the clinching victory. Houston outscored its opponents by a league-high 8.6 points per game more than an average team after adjusting for strength of schedule, also know as the Simple Rating System.

"Unhappy with the results, but happy with everybody as a whole", Mitchell said. In two of those postseason appearances, Paul came within a game of reaching the conference finals. No, this was CP3 at his finest; snaking the pick-and-roll, dominating from midrange, and in true form for this season, firing away from 3-point range. Rudy Gobert missed 26 games during the regular season because of a knee injury.

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The acquisitions of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute have also made a huge difference in that regard and that has been noticed in the Bay Area.

So while Paul may feel slightly relieved to finally get over the hump, don't believe for a second that he is satisfied.

In fact, listening to the Warriors talk Thursday, it nearly seemed as if they enjoyed the fact that they don't have home-court advantage in what might be a de-facto NBA Finals. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990, to May 21, 1991. Golden State this season, with their last meeting being held on January 20 in which Houston claimed a 116-108 victory at the Toyota Center. The Pelicans shaved the lead to seven points with two minutes left on a basket by Davis before Draymond Green's turnaround fadeaway moments later.

From the moment the Houston Rockets acquired Chris Paul, it seemed as if it was a forgone conclusion that they and Golden State Warriors were destined to meet in the Western Conference Finals.

Instead, the Warriors coach is confident his team have the advantage of knowing exactly what it takes to win a championship. So to win this series, the Warriors will have to be mindful of those things and bring a level of physicality to the series.

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