May 26, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) and guard Chris Paul (right) on the bench against the Golden State Warriors in the second half in game six of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. "My concern is how can I impact this series to help my team win a championship". Coach Tyronn Lue said Wednesday he was hopeful Love could be cleared, and if he successfully leaped a few hurdles, which he has, he would be inserted into the starting lineup. His defense has been fantastic, and that's where he could have the biggest impact in the Finals. I think they get stops, they get out in transition.
A good part of that is because they got into halfcourt duels with San Antonio and Houston, but it's also because they were too willing to fall into the isolation game. "Just because of the 18 of a possible 21 Finals games that I've played against them in the last three years, I figured out that they could make it happen".
Only Houston has attempted more shots from beyond the arc than the Cavs this postseason and that over-reliance on three-pointers proved to be its downfall in Game 7, as the Rockets missed an astonishing 37 out of 44 efforts from long range. Both teams needed to survive Game 7s on the road to win their conference championships, winning those clinchers in shorthanded fashion - no Andre Iguodala for Golden State, no Kevin Love for Cleveland. The Rockets showed that this strategy could regularly result in a double-digit lead at halftime.
The Cavaliers, by contrast, have been outscored, 438-437, in the third quarter.
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So, understandably, he's going to have a lot to write about in that eventual book - he just needs to figure out where to place it. "Once he gives it up, try not to let him get it back".
And if you're wondering how we can be so dismissing of the Cavs, well, it's because they needed a Boston breakdown to get past a team that was missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. He's one of the best shooters in the game for a reason.
This headline probably made you roll your eyes. The difference is, you have guys on both of these teams that are locked Hall of Famers and they are chasing guys in that special room, and that's the difference.
Durant and Curry opened as +175 co-favorites at Westgate to win the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, with Durant taking home the honors.