"It's better to have it than not.it's important but they've shown they can win away from home, we can win away from home", coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We just gotta go hoop".
Reading between the lines, that translates to: "We know that when we are fully engaged, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, we're the best team in the National Basketball Association and no one can beat us, but those guys over there seem pretty cool". Kerr's voice began to ring hollow at times, leading him to try different tactics to engage his team; he even allowed players to run the timeout huddles in a game against the Phoenix Suns in February. But none of the three games were played with both teams at full strength.
But now we've got the match-up many expected and hoped for. "Bring your ticket and you'll get paid".
The most interesting time of year for the NBA (Besides Free Agency) is upon us with the conference finals tipping-off this weekend.
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles as center Nene Hilario (42) sets a pick against Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) in the second half in game five of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Seemingly overnight, Stephen Curry took that crown from Paul, winning his first of two consecutive MVP awards that season.
Ariza's offense has been less than desired but his defense has been on point throughout the playoffs and I think that will be his calling card to his value long-term as his career starts to wind down. And we, of course, will wear Warriors gear *if* their team wins. The Cavaliers and Celtics are set to battle in the Eastern finals, but there is little reason to believe Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland is better suited to knock off Golden State than last season's team. We know what's in front of us, so we're ready for it. To me the hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player or as a team because you don't know. Once they catch fire, it seems as though it spreads quickly, leaving opponents helpless and bewildered. "Everybody is excited about it". The Western Conference Finals pit MVP favorite James Harden and new backcourt sidekick Chris Paul against the Warriors' fearsome foursome of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green.
Harden is one of just two Rockets with Finals experience, losing to the Miami Heat with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012. "It's going to be tough", said Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute. The fact they made it this far and have a real opportunity to advance is a major tip-of-the-cap to head coach Brad Stevens and GM Danny Ainge. But we have what we need. We're ready. They have to be ready for us as well. The Cavs are coming off a four game sweep of the Toronto Raptors, defeating the "We the North" squad for the third straight season in the playoffs. Curry suffered a sprained MCL on March 23, just like he did two years ago when he seemed to be affected by the injury in the NBA Finals. What kind of team in any sport is that on, for that long, with that many key players all performing at the highest possible level?