Four years, to be exact. The Warriors are 25-5 at home in the playoffs since Kerr took over.
"On offense, we were taking good shots, really moving the ball, and really taking really good looks", Horford said of the offense during that run. For a team that has been underwhelming all season long, LeBron has shown the doubters once again exactly why you just can't bet against the King during this time of the year.
Where do you think the series will be after two games at the Toyota Center? That 3.6 blocks-per-game average in round two could be monstrous against Golden State. It was Houston's first step in trying to dethrone the Warriors. But seriously, this is the kind of thing that keeps Golden State coach Steve Kerr up at night. This is a team that's been waiting for something worthy of their full attention - something like this series - all year, and that should make the Rockets extremely afraid.
Compare the Warriors' confidence - unbridled but substantiated - with how most of the Warriors' playoff opponents speak about Golden State heading into a series.
While I think Lebron and the Cavaliers will overcome Brad Stevens and his group of overachievers, they simply do not have the firepower to defeat the Rockets or the Warriors.
"You wanted us. You got us", said outspoken Golden State forward Draymond Green. That's been kind of the M.O. of this team. Harden made his alongside Durant with Oklahoma City in 2012.
Clint Capela, a restricted free agent this summer, was a borderline All-Star during the regular season and has shined thus far in the postseason.
Golden State might have earned the No.1 seed if Curry didn't miss a bulk of the season with injuries. "It's time to play". All three games were offensive showcases-only one team scored fewer than 110 points in any of these games (the Warriors lost 116-108 on January 20th). If Harden can't break out of a short funk or his backcourt partner follows a dubious trend, the Warriors take the first outing in this matchup.
Shaun Livingston emphasized that's why a change of scenery for Game 1 is good for them.
And, dare I say it? "I've done it before at other places, and I like it because it sets that tone". "Bring your ticket and you'll get paid". Appropriate fear. Coming in, being on the road. You better be ready. Understandable. That stuff has been said for about a year now. You try to win every game you play.
After averaging 19 points in the first round against the Minnesota Timberwolves, his scoring went to the next level against the Utah Jazz, as he averaged 24.6 points per game. "Their team is built to beat us, their obsession".
"He's at home, watching games and calling me", Harden, the presumptive league MVP said Sunday. "You've got to be careful with that".
To a lesser extent, some of us thought the Toronto Raptors would put a stop to LeBron James's yearly pilgrimage to the National Basketball Association finals and we saw how that went.
No matter the outcome of this series, whether it's done in 5 or we get an epic 7 games, the style of play will be a thing of beauty. But it's the playoffs.
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