The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors will meet in the Western Conference Finals starting Monday, May 14th at 9 PM in Houston Texas. Neither the Rockets or Warriors were tested in the regular season or the playoffs. Houston compiled a 65-17 record while Golden State went 58-24. These two teams have been the class of the NBA all season long.
Western Conference Preview and Prediction:
The Houston Rockets advanced to the conference finals by defeating an average Minnesota Timberwolves team 4-1 and a young inexperienced Utah Jazz team in 5 games.This team is basically a 3-headed monster. James Harden continues to lead this team. In the post-season he is averaging 28.5 points, 7.4 assists and 2.3 steals. Chris Paul is 2nd in scoring averaging 21 per contest. Clint Capela is an absolute nightmare for opposing teams on offense and defense. He is averaging 14.4 points,12.2 rebounds and almost 3 blocks per game (2.8). Potential sixth man of the year, Eric Gordon has been tremendously inconsistent in the first two rounds shooting under 35%. If the Rockets want to advance to the NBA Finals, Gordon and Trevor Ariza (8.7 ppg) must do better.
The Golden State Warriors are looking to get back to the NBA Finals for a 4th consecutive year. When we think of legendary NBA champions and their starting lineups a few teams come to mind.
1983 Philadelphia 76ers:
Moses Malone, Dr.J Julius Irving, Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks.
1984 Boston Celtics:
Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson and Robert Parish
1988 Los Angeles Lakers:
Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The Golden State Warriors starting four has been amazing and they shouldn’t take a back seat to any team in the history of the NBA…
Kevin Durant: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists.
Stephan Curry: 24.5 points,5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists.
Klay Thompson: 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists.
Draymond Green:13.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 9 assists.
The Rockets are up against it in this series. Steve Kerr brings a minimum of 3 -5 points per game advantage over Mike D’Antoni. In at least one game, the Warriors will score over 70 points in a half and D’Antoni’s response will be, “We just have to make shots and we will be okay?” That is his answer for everything, he is a one trick pony. Chris Paul will struggle against Stephen Curry and they have no answers for Kevin Durant. The “X” factor for Golden State will be former Duke star Quinn Cook. He has proven he can be a very good scorer and can provide consistent play, off the bench. The “X” factor for the Rockets will be Capela if he can average 18 points and 15 rebounds per game they can extend this series. Gerald Green and Ryan Anderson have been terribly inconsistent off the bench. D’Antoni will have to find some reliable scoring from his role players.
In order for the Rockets to win they have to outscore and out defend Golden State 4 out of 7 games. My guess is they can’t do it for more than 2. Houston,we have a problem and his name is Mike D’Antoni.
Warriors win in 5 games.
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