Rockets fans pumped for Western Conference Finals showdown vs. Warriors

NBA Playoffs 2018: Chris Paul Determined To Win First NBA Championship Title

NBA Playoffs 2018: Chris Paul Determined To Win First NBA Championship Title

When asked if he is going to celebrate this moment, he said no. If you're in the way of that, then you happen to be in the way.

The Warriors guard has since started all the games and said after Game 4 that he was slowly but surely getting his timing back. I feel confident in what I'm able to do out there.

"There was a good team in there somewhere, we just didn't know to what degree", Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said Wednesday as the team prepared to head into the offseason. They will now play against the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals after accomplishing a 4-1 series win. Daryl Morey just might get his wish, as the Rockets and Warriors are set to face off in the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets won 65 games this regular season. Houston eliminated Utah in its Game 5 earlier Tuesday. During Game 5 last night, GS forward Draymond Green successfully eavesdropped on a Pelicans huddle and mostly got away with it.

Curry returned, after nearly six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury in Game 2, against the Pelicans and was used sparingly by coach Kerr in the initial games. "Obviously, there's a conversation and there's a free agent market that is hard to predict". They responded by out scoring Houston 32-to-21 in the third quarter, with 22 of those points coming from Donovan Mitchell. Come playoff time, the rookie played like a veteran.

The defending champions are serious about a repeat title and took one step closer to that goal. Teamed with James Harden in Houston this season, Paul let someone else quarterback the squad.

"We won two championships in three years", Green said. So even with Durant just two seasons into his part in this Warriors story, do they have the edge and the will to keep it going?

In the rubber match, the night was led by Chris Paul who stepped up to the tune of 33 points and 11 rebounds.

"He's special because he has that look in him that he wants to be the best", Utah point guard Ricky Rubio said. "Should that surprise me?"

Yet after telling reporters on Tuesday morning shoot-around that he wasn't sure when he would be fully healthy, the fact that Curry played 37 minutes was the best sign yet that he's truly back.

He averaged 24.5 in those games (44.1% from three-point range), with none better than his 28-point, eight-assists, seven-rebound outing in Game 5.

He was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the series.

But how this Houston season will be remembered hinges largely on the outcome of this series. Durant scored 20 or more points in a 17th straight postseason game.

"Way to go, Chris Paul".

And Houston did it with Paul looking more like Curry than Stockton.

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