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You know, this is a great opportunity for us.

The Warriors are attempting to reach the Finals for the fourth straight year and snatch a third title, while the Rockets had an NBA-best 65 wins this season and are led by their own superstar core of James Harden and Chris Paul.

Paul is a nine-time All-Star in his first season with Houston after an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs in 2015 and '16. "I don't know what it's supposed to feel like, but we've still got a lot of work to do". "Keep doubting, we only getting better from this", Gobert wrote.

Those comments have sat in the minds of the Warriors for five months. Rubio said he already is excited to see what Mitchell adds to his game, knowing that what he showed in his first season won't be the peak - not even close.

"What did somebody say after?" Now that the series has finally been made official, everyone will be forced to wait just a little bit longer.

"That's all fine and dandy in January". He put us all on his back in that fourth quarter and said "Listen - I got this". Houston has been planning for this showdown for some time now, having built a team capable of competing with the Warriors.

The clip includes the faces of James Harden (Uncle Phil), Chris Paul (Fresh Prince) and other Rockets players superimposed on cast members from an episode of Fresh Prince.

Forward Joe Ingles said about Mitchell's rare ability to catch on to anything: "He watches something one time and learns pretty quickly". There are scorers such as Eric Gordon and Gerald Green off the bench, plus an energy big in Nene behind Capela - who has grown by leaps and bounds as the season has progressed.

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According to the Westgate Superbook (via ESPN.com), the Warriors are listed at -185 against the Rockets in seven games.

"We thought we had the game in hand", Kerr added. It wasn't until the Warriors were plagued with major injuries towards the end of the regular season that it became clear the Rockets would have the home-court advantage in any potential playoff matchup.

Tickets for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Taking down the defending champions is a daunting task. The Houston Rockets general manager wanted a piece of the Warriors along.

So after making the second round of the playoffs the last two years, the question is can the Jazz take the next step? "We don't have to run around talking about how bad we want to play somebody".

If I were a gambling man, I'd bet the Warriors, but I'm also a passionate fan who would throw aside all reason and bet with my heart. "You see when you let the dog off the leash what happens".

Then again, the way Houston's offense has been going lately it doesn't seem to matter who is batting or where.

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