With Both the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors having wrapped up their Western Conference Semifinals series in five games Tuesday evening, the two best teams in the NBA will take on one another for an opportunity to play in the NBA Finals.
It’s been a long time coming. While the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans put up good second-round fights against these squads, most expected to see a Rockets-Warriors conference finals. Now that this has come to fruition, let the talking begin.
Obviously, that starts with loud-mouthed Warriors forward Draymond Green.
“Man, we won two championships in three years. We’re not about to run off talking about how bad we want to play somebody,” Green said, via ESPN. “We want to win another championship, and it don’t matter who’s in the way of that. If you’re in the way of that, then you happen to be in the way. But we’re not about to run around like, ‘Yeah, we want to play them in the conference finals.’ For what? It doesn’t matter to us who we play. However, we got them. All right, now let’s get it. We get to it now.”
It should matter a little who the Warriors play. They lost two of three to the Rockets during the regular season, including the opener at home back in October. Houston has been planning for this showdown for some time now, having built a team capable of competing with the Warriors. Having finished the regular season as the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed, Houston has to be feeling good about this matchup.
Then again, the Rockets have been knocked out of the playoffs by Golden State two of the past three years. And Chris Paul himself has lost 13 of his past 15 games against the Warriors.
It’s going to be a highly entertaining and dramatic conference finals starting this coming Monday in Houston. Both Green and Paul should be at the center of that.