"I think we're ready for either side and we'll see which (defensive approach) is effective". The underlining issue for Houston's head coach Mike D' Antoni and figure-head James Harden, was lack of championship level defense. The offseason signings of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute galvanized that declaration. The Celtics play with toughness and determination, but they do not have the star power that Cleveland has.
Trevor Ariza stands out as a key for the Rockets in this series. He's made just 31.4 percent of his 3-pointers in 10 games this postseason.
Houston was up by 25 at halftime behind 34 points combined from Harden and Chris Paul. And, as Paul noted, how the teams defend on Monday in Game 1 at Toyota Center will set the tone for a series many assume will be decided on the offensive end. The high-scoring, rapid-fire pace will definitely be very entertaining.
"We won two championships in three years".
These numbers are slightly off from his seasonal averages of 30/5/9 along with 4.4 turnovers per game which alludes to the effect that Thompson has had on him. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey constructed his roster to match up with the Warriors-even admitting he was obsessed with beating the champs-and brought both players to Houston with an eye on slowing down Durant by bodying him and forcing him to take hard jump shots. They had a seven-point lead over the Rockets entering the fourth quarter and never really looked back as they lead by double digits for most of the final quarter.
A few weeks ago not many experts thought the Boston Celtics would be in this position. The No 1 and No 2 seed going head-to-head for a place in the NBA Finals. They are loaded. They are well coached...
The game plan offensively and defensively against the 76ers was beyond impressive. If the Warriors or Rockets are exhausted, can the Cavs win it all? Don't get me wrong the future is extremely bright in Boston regardless.
They finished with the league's best record this season at 65-17, but were somehow even better when all three of Harden, Paul and Clint Capela played, boasting a ridiculous mark of 50-5. James all-around game and clutch buzzer-beating moments have been breathtaking.
"Our goal is to not have many breakdowns, communicate and not foul, and play solid defense for 48 minutes", Curry said.
After Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday. He just impacts the game in so many mays.
"I hope not", he said. Also, JR Smith heated up and Cleveland even got solid minutes out of point guard George Hill.
"It was just a learning experience for us on how to be successful on the road in a hostile environment during the playoffs", Stephen Curry said of the 2014 series.
Question No. 2: What do the Rockets have going for them?
Supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr carry his image as they celebrate in Tahrir Square, Baghdad , on May 14. Incumbent Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who had sought to reach across Iraq's sectarian divides, was trailing.
The Palestinian leadership rejected Washington's traditional role as a mediator following Trump's Jerusalem decision . The move infuriated the Palestinians, who claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital.
His chipping was off the charts at the Valspar Championship, where he was fifth in strokes gained around the green. Woods and Mickelson hope the quality of golf changes, too. "I didn't hit the ball close enough today", Woods said.
The U.S. decision reignited the danger of economic crisis for Iran, which is now at the center of Tehran's diplomatic efforts. China offers Iran a valuable alternative to trade with the USA and Europe.
Mr Barnier has previously declared the United Kingdom will be cut from security and defence involvement once it leaves the EU. He says 12 plots in the United Kingdom have been thwarted since Parliament was attacked in March 2017.
Thankfully, Melania's procedure was completed successfully without complications, and many are wishing her a speedy recovery. Jeffrey Cadeddu, a professor of urology and radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Your choices in recruiting these adventurers will change the difficulty of the game and also may effect the ending. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is getting an old-school spin-off game ahead of its release later this year.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair asked Jowell to coordinate the government's support for survivors and the bereaved. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and soccer legend David Beckham are among her admirers offering tributes.
Of course, this in large part due to Infinity War hitting China this past weekend , where it had a massive $ 200 million opening. Although critics were not especially won over by " Overboard ", audiences gave the film a more favorable A- CinemaScore .
At several places in north India including Delhi, high-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services. Gusty winds and rain lashed the national capital, causing the temperature to drop around 10 notches to 25.2 degrees Celsius.