In one of the defining performances of his career, Paul carried the Rockets down the stretch in Game 5 against a feisty Utah Jazz team. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 110.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Harden wilted in last year's playoffs after having to carry the Rockets offense. Gonzalez tweeted back to Acevedo.
"We know they are a great team", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
The Houston Rockets traded for Chris Paul last season to help James Harden and give the Rockets a shot at beating the Golden State Warriors. They took the first three games of the series by double-digit margins before falling in Game 4 by a final of 103-90 in San Antonio.
"The first two games here, we've gotten production out of the bottom of the order and that sets up nicely for the top of the order", Hinch said. Paul had always been a master of mid-range jumpers and point guard post-ups.
Eastern on TNT as the No. 1 Houston Rockets host No. 2 Golden State Warriors.
Houston won two of three meetings against the Warriors during the regular season.
When the Warriors won the title in 2015, none of their players had any experience in a championship series.
While Houston will have home court advantage after finishing the regular season on top of the Western Conference, the Warriors once again showed signs they are peaking at the right time. The next round could be the most challenging matchup for the Rockets since they will be facing the reigning National Basketball Association champions, Golden State Warriors. He also dished out 11 assists and hauled in six rebounds.
This is the first time since 2014 - a span of 15 series - where Golden State will have to play Game 1 on the road.
OddsShark has listed the Warriors as -180 favorites to win while the Rockets opened at +160, meaning a $100 bet on Houston would return $160 if they dethrone Golden State.
Davis had 34 points and 19 rebounds for a Pelicans team that overcame the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon three months ago to make this strong run. They went from playing lackluster defense at times, to being No. 1 in the league in defensive efficiency in the playoffs. We're really fighting to get there. That's no disrespect to the East; that's just reality given the seasons that the Warriors and Rockets have had, and the collision course that seemed so inevitable for either to avoid. Out of the four remaining teams, only the Boston Celtics have an undefeated record at home this postseason, going 7-0 against the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks. "We're not about to run off talking about how bad we want to play somebody", Green said.