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Marquee matchup against Rockets for West title



THE MATERIAL

Game 1 Tip: 6pm Monday at the Toyota Center. TV: TNT. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 "The Game" in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey

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OTHER ROW TIMETABLE

Game 2: Wednesday in Houston, 6pm. TNT
Game 3: Sunday at Golden State, 5pm TNT
Game 4: Tuesday at Golden State, 6pm. TNT
Game 5: Thursday in Houston, 6pm. TNT
Game 6: Saturday at Golden State, 6 pm TNT
Game 7: Monday at Houston, 6 pm, TNT

NORMAL SEASON RECORDS

Warrior: 58-24, No. 2 in the Western Conference
Rockets: 65-1

7, No. 1 in the Western Conference

AS YOU HAVE HERE

Warriors: Defeated San Antonio 4 : 1 in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. Defeated New Orleans 4-1 in the Western Conference semi-final.
Rockets: defeated Minnesota 4-1 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Defeated Utah 4-1 in the Western Conference semi-final.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

The Rockets won the season series 2-1. … At the season opener on October 17, Houston prevailed in the Oracle Arena against 122-121. Golden State led virtually the entire way – by 17 points – before giving away in the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant's 18-foot time was considered to be a split second after the replay. Apart from a nine-point turmoil in the fourth quarter, the opening night was not good for Stephen Curry, who finished 22 points. He fought early on foul problems and did not score very well (8 for 18). Nick Young made an impressive Warriors debut. As announced, he came off the bench and beat open 3-points (6 of 7) and led the team in 23 minutes with 23 points in 26 minutes. … In a showdown between the Western Conference's negotiators on January 4, Golden State won 124-114 at the Toyota Center. Curry scored 29 points and Klay Thompson had 28 points and made six 3-points. The Warriors played without Durant (Wade) and the Rockets missed James Harden (Hamstring). Draymond Green had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his franchise record 21. Triple Double, the brand of Tom Gola. … On January 20, Golden State's 14-game win streak ended in Houston with a loss of 116: 10. Chris Paul had 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Harden, in his second game after an Achilles tendon injury, had 22 points and eight assists. Durant had 26 points and Green had 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The Warriors had 19 turnovers, which led to 23 points for Houston. The main culprit was Curry, who had as many Field Goals (six) as Turnover. Neither number is good, but having both in the same game is hard to overcome. Golden State also gave up 12 Rockets offensive rebounds, which were converted into 16 second chance points. Ryan Anderson – Ryan Anderson! (19659005) PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Warriors and Rockets have met twice in the playoffs. … In 2015, the Warriors won the Western Conference Finals 4-1 on their way to the NBA title. The big moments were delivered by Curry and Harrison Barnes. Curry averaged 31.2 points in the series, including 40 in Game 3, when he was 12 out of 19 out of the field and 7 out of 9 on 3-pointers in just a 35-minute action in a 115-80 blowout. In the 128-115 Game 4 loss of the Warriors in Houston, Curry took a serious fall in the second quarter after moving up and over the shoulder of Rockets Trevor Ariza while trying to block his layup. Curry went through the NBA concussion protocol and returned in the third quarter. In Game 5, Barnes scored 24 points, including 13 during a six-minute fourth-round stretch of the Warriors 104-90 Clincher. Barnes took over when Thompson left the game with a concussion after grabbing an unintended knee from Ariza's head. Thompson was in time for the NBA Finals because the Warriors had a seven-day break before Game 1. Harden had an NBA playoff record 13 turnovers in Game 5. … In 2016, the teams met again in the first round with Golden State winning 4-1. The most important news from this series looked at Curry's health. In the 104-78 Game 1 defeat of the Warriors Curry scored 24 points, but was limited to 20 minutes due to a right ankle sprain. Curry missed Games 2 and 3 and returned to Game 4. But he only lasted 19 minutes before falling to a sweat stain on the floor where Donata's Motiejuna had just fallen in front of him. The result was a sprain of curry sideband in the right knee. (Did you know that? Comeback game of right ankle injury leads to MCL sprain?) Curry missed the game 5 Clincher, then missed the first three games of the Western Conference semi-final against Portland. Curry played only 39 minutes in the series, Thompson recorded the slack with 23.4 points per game.

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POTENTIAL FOR FIREWORKS

Much has been said and said about the dynamic offenses in this series. During the regular season, the Warriors led the league in scoring (113.5 points per game) and offensive efficiency (112.3 points per 100 possessions). The Rockets were second in the scoring (112.4 points) and second in the efficiency (112.3).

The other half of the story

Golden State has been known as one of the NBA's best defensive teams for the past five years, 2013-14 under former coach Mark Jackson. But the Warriors will not be the only team in this series to take the defense seriously. One of the biggest reasons the Rockets had the best record in the league and reached the conference finale is that they have improved a lot on the defensive. They were sixth in the defensive this season, spending 103.8 points per 100 possessions. In 2016-17 they were tied for the 17th at 106.4. Through 10 playoff games, Houston is No. 2 in defense efficiency at 102.1, just behind Golden State 99.3. All this from a team coached by offensive Mike D & # 39; Antoni.

DEFENSIVE TURNAROUND

Prior to this season, the Rockets in Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela already had solid defenders. Swapping Paul for Patrick Beverley was a wash. But Luc Mbah, Moute and P.J. Tucker, who added the free agent forwards, made the difference. Now the Rockets have stronger perimeter defenders and a shot blocker in the middle in Capela. The defense got even better as Tucker replaced the defenseless Anderson in power position. The only real defense liability among the Rocket starters is Harden.

Almost at full strength

With the exception of Warriors Reserve Patrick McCaw (lumbar spine crushing), both teams are as healthy as this season and certainly in better shape than at any of the three regular seasonal meetings. Paul played in Oakland on October 17, despite a sore left knee, which cost him the next 14 games after battling on the opening night (four points on 2 for 9 shots and 0 for 4 on 3 hands). Andre Iguodala missed this game because of a back injury. Harden missed the game on January 4 due to Grade 2 left thigh injury. Durant also sat because of a strained right calf. Ariza and Gerald Green missed the final match for missing a league ban in mid-January for their role in a post-game invasion of the Los Angeles Clippers' dressing room. According to the NBA, "they conducted a hostile verbal altercation with several Clippers players." Iguodala missed the game due to a left calf injury

MATCHUP TO WATCH I

The Warriors & # 39; Klay Thompson Vs. the Rockets & # 39; James Harden: Thompson, one of the best defenders in the NBA, has done a good job defending Harden in the past. One reason is that Thompson does not reach Harden and puts him on the free throw line. Harden, the league's leading scorer (30.4 points per game) and MVP honors leader, hit the free throw line an average of 10.1 times per game, tops in the NBA. That was 1.5 attempts per game more than the runner-up, Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. In the two games Harden played against the Warriors, he was 4 for 6 combined from the line.

MATCHUP TO CLOCK II

The warriors Draymond Green and Kevon Looney against the Rockets Clint Capela: Listed at 6-foot-10 and 240-point, Capela is mobile and sporty. He is very dangerous as the Rollman when Harden or Paul drive the pick-and-roll and often take off to free dunks from LOB passes. At just 23, his game has skyrocketed and he is the leading candidate for NBA Most Improved Player. This season, he scored career highs of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.85 blocked shots. He also led the league in field goal percentage at 65.2, largely thanks to those praise passes for dunks. In 10 playoff games Capela averaged 14.4 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.80 blocks and 63.4 percent.

DEATH LINEUP?

Warriors coach Steve is hard to imagine after his success in the Western Conference semi-final against New Orleans Kerr will not start the Death Line in this series. Houston has no threat in the middle with his back to the basket, so the quintet of Iguodala, Curry, Thompson, Durant and Green should be a good match.

PLOYOFF WARRIORS MVP

A You could say the Warriors most valuable player in this playoff run was Green, averaging 13.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists. As impressive as these numbers are, they do not measure the effect of Green. He scores a decent 33.3 percent on a 3-pointer, including two key-hits to start the fourth quarter of Game 2 against New Orleans, which led to a precarious 88-86 to lead 94-86. He also had two key baskets late in Game 5 to deter the Pelicans' collection. And on the defensive Green is the most important player on the ground. He can guard the centers low, switch to the guards at the edge and to any other in between. He is also the quarterback of the Warriors defense.

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TRIPLE THREATS

The Rockets led the league in 3-point attempts – with an average of 42.3 per game. Brooklyn was next at 35.7. The Warriors were in 16th place with 28.9 per game. Golden State led the NBA in 3-point accuracy at 39.1 percent. Houston was 36.2 percent for the 13th place. In the playoffs, the Rockets shoot 35.3 percent to 39.9 attempts per game. The Warriors have shot 32.9 percent to 29.8 attempts. For the season, Houston actually shot more 3-pointers (3,470) than 2-pointers (3,436).

X-FACTOR

Tucker reminds people in Houston of a former Rocket, Mario Elie. At 6-6, he has proven to be a versatile defender and strong enough to take on missions in the post. And in D & # 39; Antoni's off-the-arc offensive, Tucker has improved his outfit, especially the corner 3-pointer. By the way, Tucker's first name is Anthony Leon Tucker Jr. His father was called "Pops", so Tucker became known as "Pops Jr." and thus the initials "PJ"

ON CARE OF THE BALL

While the playoffs, the Rockets undertake only 9.7 turnovers per game, best in the NBA. They allow only 10.7 points of this error, an NBA Best. The warriors spend 13.4 times per game with 15.9 points per game.

Separation of the Armed Forces

Many have wondered how the Harden-Paul partnership in Houston would work, as both guards would like to be primary ball handlers. Seems that this was not a big problem because they do not have as much overlapping playing time as you might think. On average, Harden and Paul are together on the ground for a little less than half of the game, and each plays about a quarter without the other. In the semi-final of the Western Conference against Utah they were also on average 22: 18.8 on the floor. Harden played on average 12: 40.2 without Paul and Paul an average of 11: 55.0 without Harden. In comparison, when the Warriors were healthy during a normal regular game, Curry and Durant played together for almost 30 minutes.

DO NOT FORGET …

Eric Gordon. Due to injuries at Paul and Harden, he made 30 starts this season, but in his primary role as sixth man, Gordon averages 15.3 points in 39 games. He has not done well in the playoffs (12.9 points, 34.2 percent from the field, 31.4 points from 3 points), but is always a danger.


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