Rockets set to host Warriors in Western Conference Finals

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

"I'm going to put us on my back.' He had that look in his eyes".

On top of that, the Rockets won two of three games against the Warriors during the regular season, when the Warriors were the favorites in all three.

Everyone - the Warriors, the Rockets, the media, the fans - has been ready for this since opening night, when the Rockets came here to Oracle Arena and beat the Warriors even with Paul dealing with an injury that would keep him out for the season's first month. The Rockets-Warriors series in just 60 seconds Paul said he and Daryl Morey were talking after the game about the trade and how he had chance to opt in to his contract, which is why the Rockets were able to get Tucker on the team. He played 27 minutes on his return when he came off the bench, and the coach revealed the precaution was due to his conditioning and not because of the knee injury. Chris Paul led Houston with 41 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in the win.

Back on January 20, on that memorable night when the Houston Rockets' rookie owner would celebrate a win over the vaunted Golden State Warriors, he stood inside a Toyota Center suite and discussed the dream scenario that now lies before his team.

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The series price grew to Golden State -190 in the first two hours after it had posted.

Houston won two of three regular season meetings against Golden State. They responded by out scoring Houston 32-to-21 in the third quarter, with 22 of those points coming from Donovan Mitchell.

But now, as these two franchises square up again on the same stage three years later, the Rockets are much different and much more unsafe. But not so. Harden averaged 8.8 assists per game, Paul 7.9 per game, and Houston became the No. 1 seed in the West.

However, it was a positive experience for the team led by Mitchell, who averaged 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in the postseason as a rookie.

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The Warriors guard has since started all the games and said after Game 4 that he was slowly but surely getting his timing back. The 33-year-old's game-winning display left him contemplating his first career appearance in a Conference Finals. "Anything could happen, but this is the match-up, and both teams are looking forward to going up and competing and having some fun", he said.

Houston's Hall of Fame talent is represented by their superstar guards James Harden and Chris Paul.

But now we get the matchup we've been waiting for. "It throws a lot of these groups off, but for us, we've got a versatile group that can play different ways". It went five games.

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