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Rockets are the toughest playoff opponent Steve Kerr's Warriors have ever faced

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is helped off the court after sustaining an injury against the Houston Rockets AP Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is helped off the court after sustaining an injury against the Houston Rockets
Isaac Mcdaniel | 12 May, 2018, 14:17

Neither team goes deeper than 8 or 9 players, but the Warriors are heavily reliant upon their five main guys, much more so than the Rockets who can counter with Eric Gordon, Nene and wildcard Gerald Green.

I understand why Durant feels that way, though.

This year, the top two offensive powerhouses in the league are set to go head-to-head for Western supremacy on May 14. That allowed Houston to compile the NBA's best record in the regular season, as well as two out of three wins against Golden State.

Paul and D'Antoni also blended their shot selection, as D'Antoni said they would. The Rockets will have to take it from them.

"They have made it known that their team is built to beat us; (it's) their obsession or whatever you want to call it", said Green, who is averaging 13.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, and nine assists in the playoffs, after the Warriors' Game 5 win over New Orleans on Tuesday.

Is Houston a threat? He won 65 percent of his games with the Suns, and his teams were an orbital bone fracture, hip check or putback away from making the NBA Finals - pick one or multiple.

Personally, I believe the Rockets have made the appropriate adjustments to dethrone the Warriors this season. "We've never felt that before".

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Golden State will have the full services of Stephen Curry, who was hampered by injuries at the end of the season, preventing him from playing against San Antonio in Round 1 and the first game of the 5-game Pelicans semifinal series.

Then again, the Warriors know the sting of defeat, too, having blown a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.

According to ESPN, the series matches the two best offensive teams in the National Basketball Association.

Boston has a 3-1 lead over Philadelphia in their series, so they are likely to face Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Championship. "They're going to be a tough matchup".

But at least in terms of betting odds, the Warriors are still in the mix to have LeBron James on their roster to start the 2018-19 season, according to Odds Shark. Once you get the first one, there's a little bit of house money. The Dubs realized the urgency to win a playoff series without Curry and ramped up their defensive intensity.

Let's start with the basics. I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense - all the switches, the weak side - and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them. Thompson is one of the league's best shooters and we expect Andre Iguodala to spend a lot of time defending Harden (maybe vice versa as well). "What'd he say? Yeah, you've got to play the game now", Green said with a laugh. "The rest of that stuff will figure itself out". The best way to do that will be to break his rhythm and give him a multitude of defensive looks.

This Warriors team is eight wins away from achieving its goal of winning another championship - and it might seem insane, but it sure seems like losing a lot more often than usual in the regular season is only going to help their chances of notching those first four wins.

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