Kerr was asked if he felt that the Houston Rockets' lack of recent championship success might give them more of an edge in the series.
For the upcoming series, which begins Monday at Houston, two games have average asking prices of $1,000 or more - the if-needed Game 7 in Houston is sitting at $1,416 with a get-in price of $305 and Game 4 at Golden State is sitting right at $1,000 with a get-in price of $199.
A dynasty had to be toppled by a team that had suffered playoff exists in prior years.
"What he does for them, not only offensively but defense now - the way he catches the ball in advantageous positions".
Of course, there were some questions, too. Whether it was Curry regaining his perimeter swagger and pulling up from 28 feet to bury a 3-pointer, Durant using his spindly body to slice into driving lanes or pull up for mid-range jumpers that can not be blocked or Thompson showing that pretty, pretty outside stroke, Golden State piled up points in a hurry and left Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry with holes too deep to dig out from. And neither of them are spring chicken: Harden is 28 and Paul is 33.
"I don't wanna be stupid about it", D'Antoni told Business Insider in November.
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"We're just as hungry as we were last year and the year before that", Thompson said.
"Chris is more midrange", Kerr said.
"I'm hoping everybody is on top of their game".
"It's the only thing we think about", Morey said on ESPN Radio's The Ryen Russillo Show in December. On Tuesday night, the Rockets took care of business on their own floor and finished off the Jazz in Game 5 by a final of 112-102. Paul scored or assisted on the Rockets' final 18 points, showing off his array of moves in the process. LeBron James was unbelievable once again, averaging 34.0 points, 11.3 assists and 8.3 rebounds for the series.
Being able to adapt and eliminate Paul and Harden's contributions will be the Warriors key to a series closer and a gateway to a certified dynasty. Harden didn't play in the second matchup of the season, a Rockets' loss. The late 80s Detroit Pistons finally knocked off the Boston Celtics, and then the early 90s Chicago Bulls eventually vanquished those Pistons. His usage percentage remained the same.
Eric Gordon is the best player off the bench for the Rockets.
"Whatever it took to win", Paul said. He connected on 8 of 10 3-pointers and teamed with Tucker to put down the Jazz for good, scoring 13 consecutive points before feeding Tucker for a corner 3 that pushed Houston's lead to 110-100 with 35 seconds left.
Chris Paul made it clear that he's not playing just to make it to the Western Conference Finals but to win the 2018 National Basketball Association championship title.