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"They present a tough challenge for us and I think playing against New Orleans has kind of prepare us a little bit for it".

This is a huge indication that the gambling world attributes the Rockets superior regular season record to Warriors injuries.

Over the course of 82 games and the first two rounds of this year's playoffs, the entire basketball world anticipated a collision course between the sport's two most dominant forces: the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

Kerr was also happy with the form of Curry, who looked to be back to full fitness following his knee injury layoff.

The fit-again Curry played 37 minutes, and was heavily involved in a devastating burst of scoring in the third quarter which ultimately took the game away from the Pelicans. Before looking ahead to the Western Conference Finals, let's look back at the season series between the two juggernauts (which the Rockets won 2-1). In this picture, Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors congratulates Durant #35 after he made a basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, on January 25, 2018. The question is, now that the season is over, what did we learn about the Pelicans from the elimination game and the series as a whole? If the line holds, it will be only the seventh time this season Golden State has been an underdog.

The buildup for this series truly began in February, with some pointed comments from Golden State's Draymond Green.

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Williams had led the match 14-7 at one point only to see Higgins roar back to level it at 15-15, he would eventually win it 18-16. Ray Reardon was 45 when he won in 1978, and his fellow Welshman Williams is the oldest man to get to grips with the trophy since.

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The sound of at least 30 cameras buzzing and clicking broke the silence of the backstretch as Baffert tried to steady his horse. Trainer Todd Pletcher, whose four Derby horses included third-place Audible, gave no indication of Preakness plans.

"We've been hearing about that match-up all year", Durant told NBC Sports on Tuesday.

Paul is coming off of possibly the best game of his career as he dropped 41 points and 10 assists on the Jazz with 7 rebounds and 0 turnovers as the Rockets clinched a berth in the Conference Finals.

"There would be nights where I just couldn't fall asleep", Mitchell said. Every team gets frustrated with Harden's free-throw attempt numbers, so the onus will be on Green and, to a lesser extent, Durant to limit him. The Warriors Community Foundation will donate $15,000 to the charity Durant chose, Oakland Elizabeth House, which provides residences to women and children who have been homeless or faced violence or addiction.

Davis had 34 points and 19 rebounds for a Pelicans team that overcame the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon three months ago to make this strong run. PJ Tucker chipped in 19 points while James Harden finished with 18.

But now we get the matchup we've been waiting for. This will be Chris Paul's first-career Conference Finals appearance, so that's (another) interesting storyline to keep an eye out for. However, Game 5 proved why even four or five role players are worth sacrificing for one superstar.


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