Clint Capela claims series vs. Warriors will be a 'chess game'

Clint Capela claims series vs. Warriors will be a 'chess game'

Morey then swung a trade for future Hall-of-Famer Chris Paul, added versatile veteran defenders P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, and watched center Clint Capela continue to swiftly develop into the kind of long, lean, switchable defending machine that seems built to go up against the Warriors' offensive attack.

But even for his Houston Rockets teammates, what they saw from him Tuesday night was on another level.

Meanwhile, Chris Paul scored 20 of his career-playoff-high 41 points in a peerless fourth quarter to carry the Houston Rockets past the finish line for a 112,102 win and eliminate the incredibly tough Utah Jazz in five games.

"He said you get out of the way. I didn't think that this would fit when these two guys first joined forces", Pippen said.

They'll face the Golden State Warriors at home for Game 1 on Monday. Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener Monday night.

The Rockets booked their place in the Western Conference final to play defending champions Golden State Warriors with a 4-1 series victory over the Utah Jazz this week. The point guard has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason. They went from playing lackluster defense at times, to being No. 1 in the league in defensive efficiency in the playoffs. He drilled 13 of his 22 field-goal attempts - including eight straight 3-pointers, capped by a dagger-ish banker to put Houston up nine with 2:30 to go - and distributed 10 assists, hauled in seven rebounds and snagged a steal while logging a team-high 38 minutes without a single turnover.

"He was playing with a chip on his shoulder", Luc Mbah a Moute said. The WCF is set to take place Monday May 14th and the entire National Basketball Association world is buzzing for the most anticipated matchup since the start of the National Basketball Association season. He lost to the Spurs 4-3 in 2008 while with New Orleans and was swept by San Antonio in 2012 with the Clippers.

The Rockets were able to close out the series despite Harden, the front-runner for MVP, being under the weather. Coach Mike D'Antoni disclosed that Harden wasn't feeling well Tuesday, and he looked a little worn down postgame.

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Kerr said in a way, Paul reminds him of Green because both of them are so intense and passionate about the game.

Paul said he was just trying to pick up the slack with Harden not feeling like himself.

"Whatever it took to win", Paul said. We're just excited. Everybody's excited about it. But the Warriors have not lost back-to-back playoff games since the Cleveland Cavaliers made their 3-1 comeback in 2016 and they followed up that Game 3 loss with a 118-92 win headed back to California.

In order to slow down the Rockets' high-powered offense, Golden State will need to prevent their guards from getting penetration and making plays.

"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them", he said. We got them. Got to go out and play. I think we probably did better than a lot of people expected. But now, you know, they got us. "We are still taking steps toward that, but this is an accomplishment".

Check out the full tv schedule for the Western Conference Finals below.

Despite questions about Paul and James Harden's ability to coexist in the same backcourt, the two made it work-so well the team achieved a franchise-record 65 regular-season wins.

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